Sept. 1, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team started the season off with a win today, as they opened the 2000 campaign with a FSU Tournament win over Southern Mississippi. The Lady Noles won in straight games, 3-0 (15-11, 15-2, 15-12). The largest challenge came in Game Three, when FSU had to battle back for the 15-12 win.
“I was pleased with their teamwork today, considering we haven’t established any definite starters,” FSU head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said. “I think that I saw what we were made out of in the final game, with the comeback win after being down 11-4. It was important for us to come out in the first game and go up, 3-0, against a pretty good Southern Miss. team. We hit as a team over .300, which is a good start.”
The Lady Noles started things off slow, but quickly rebounded to win Game One of the three- game match. After falling behind early, losing 4-1 at one point, FSU started to come on strong. With the comeback in full swing, Kristin Frye had an outstanding kill to put the Garnet and Gold up for the first time, 11-10. FSU went on to take the game, 15-11 behind the strong play of Frye and Norisha Campbell. Frye followed her kill with two service points, with the help of Campbell. With the score at 14-11, Campbell approached the net for a commanding kill to end the game.
Game Two saw the emergence of the dominance of the Lady Noles, as the squad took the second game 15-2. FSU held Southern Miss. to a single point through most of the match, before the Golden Eagles struck for their second point at 12-2. By that time FSU had the game well in hand, as they expanded to a 13-point lead for their largest lead of the game, and the win. Campbell continued to show her dominance at the net with a number of impressive kills. Co-captain Alex Sevillano also played well, coming through with some hard kills, including a point at 13-2. Another important presence on the court was freshman standout Jennifer Anderson. The Minier, Ill., native came on strong in Game Two. A true-setter, Anderson contributed both in setting up her teammates, as well as at the net. Her shot to give the Noles a 10-1 lead caught the Eagles completely off guard.
After the first two games, the Noles were sporting a .397 hitting-percentage, with 36 kills. Campbell led the team after two games with 11 kills, followed closely by Sevillano with 10. Anderson filled her role as setter, coming through with 24 assists.
Game Three looked to be a change in momentum, as the Golden Eagles jumped out to an impressive 11-4 lead. Just as it looked that the Noles would have to go to a fourth game, the lady Seminoles began a grinding comeback. Finally drawing even at 12-12, the Garnet and Gold finally took the lead for good, winning the match 15-13. Sevillano emerged as a leader on the court in the final game, as the sophomore from Clearwater, Fla., upped her total kills to 16, to lead the team. Sevillano ended the first match of the season with an impressive .682 hitting percentage, only collecting one error.
“I think we played OK in the opening match,” Sevillano said. “We came out strong to open the season. I think we were all very excited to play, and to be out there. We did what we had to do in match number one, and walked out with a win.”
FSU closed out the first home match of the season with a win, as Reynaud nears closer to her 600th victory with win-number 598. The Noles will be back in action this evening, as they take on Florida Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium.