Sept. 16, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team sought to get back to its winning ways on Saturday, as they took on the Florida A&M Rattlerettes for bragging rights in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles took a 9-2 record, as well as a 7-1 home record to the floor against FAMU. With their only loss at home coming the evening before to a talented Notre Dame team, the Noles finished off FAMU in three games, 15-5, 15-6 and 15-1.
“FAMU went to the tournament last year, and this came has some post-season implications,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “We came out focused and wanted to come back and play hard after last night’s loss.”
FSU wasted no time going after FAMU. After falling behind a number of times against Notre Dame, the Tribe did not intend on falling victim again. The Lady Seminoles opened things up with a 5-0 lead, before FAMU got on the board. The Seminoles continued to pour on the pressure, opening up a 9-1 lead before a FAMU time out. Both teams tightened up, as good kills by Sevillano and Shante Haymore led to side outs. The Seminoles continued with relentless pursuit, expanding their lead to nine after a great dig by Sevillano, which was eventually finished off with a kill by Kristin Frye. FAMU began to crawl back into the game, scoring three unanswered points to bring the game to 10-4, before Frye got the side out, and Sevillano added another point with another kill. Junior Norisha Campbell brought it to game point with a hard kill. Following a Sevillano serve, a FAMU error earned the Noles a 15-5 win in game one.
With an improved FAMU team, came a revised attitude. The Rattlerettes came out determined to take a game from their cross-town rivals. This desire led FAMU to a 4-0 lead to open the game. However, coming from behind was something the Seminoles had done before and would do again. FSU came back and tied the game up, before Norisha Campbell came through with a viscous block that put FSU up by one. T that would be all the Lady Seminoles needed, as they began to cruise to a 11-4 lead. After a side-out, Kristin Frye got the Noles the ball back and a chance to expand their lead. They did just that as senior Jennifer Werrick put the ball over the fence for another kill, and the Noles’ 12th-point. A block by Dawn Hough followed by a FAMU error put the Noles at game point, before another block from Hough ended the game.
Game three saw the dominance of Campbell again, as the University, Texas native came through with three straight kills to put the Noles up 3-1. A big block by Frye and Hough added the Noles seventh point, to go up 7-1. Campbell continued to show the Seminoles strength at the net, following with another block, which was followed by a kill by Erica Bunch to put the Garnet and Gold up 10-1. With Kristin Frye serving for game point at 14-1, Campbell came up with a block, followed by another kill to end the game, and bring the Seminoles record to 10-2.
“We played well against Samford and FAMU over the weekend,” Reynaud said. “Notre Dame is a very experienced and athletic team, and should have a good season.”
The Noles ended the day with a virtual onslaught on the record books. Senior Jennifer Werrick, who eclipsed the 1000-kill mark in her career earlier in the tourney, had a career-high .636 hitting percentage, with seven kills and not a single error. Alex Sevillano added a .467 hitting percentage, while Kristin Frye had a career-high .571, with nine kills and only one error. The Garnet and Gold hit .500 as a team, with 31 kills and only three errors.