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Seminoles Volleyball Update

Nov. 17, 1999

  • At Clemson, Jennifer Werrick notched 13 kills, but FSU hit just .042 in an 0-3 defeat (Campbell 8k, 4blk). In Tully, FSU stole game one 15-11 but the Tigers recovered to win the next three for a 3-1 win. (Campbell 13k, Bunch 10k, 14d, Dipert 14d)
    Duke (0-2)

  • Duke tallied 11 aces and outhit FSU .286 to .221 to down the Noles 3-1 in Durham. (Campbell 17k, 3blk, Thornton 7blk) Jennifer Werrick blasted 25 kills & added 20 digs, but FSU fell in 4 games at home (Visser 50ast, 12d).
    Georgia Tech (0-2)

  • The Noles fell in 3 games in Atlanta hitting just.123. (Campbell 16k) FSU took game one but Tech rebounded for a 3-1 win on Senior Day in Tully. (Campbell 14k, Thornton 13k)
    Maryland (0-2)

  • Despite 23 kills from Thornton, FSU fell to UMd in four in Tallahassee (Thornton .472%, 5blk, Hibbard 50 ast, 13d). In College Park, Maryland swept the Lady Seminoles outhitting FSU .386 to .122. (Werrick 11k, 15d)
    North Carolina (0-2)

  • Ten service errors and a .117 %age doomed FSU to a 0-3 loss to UNC in Tully. (Werrick 9k) In Chapel Hill, UNC again swept the Noles to take the season series (Campbell 13k, 3blk).
    NC State (1-1)

  • Florida State picked up its lone ACC win of 1999 in front of the home crowd 3-1 on October 17th. (Werrick 14k, 16d, Thornton 14k, 7blk, Hibbard 46ast, 11d, Dipert 11d, Bunch 10k) In Raleigh, the Wolfpack gained some revenge with a 3-1 win. (Campbell 18k, Hough 12k)
    Virginia (0-2)

  • FSU won the first two games, but UVa rallied to take the final 3 for the 5-game win in Tallahassee (Campbell 20k, 8blk, Thornton 17k).
    UVa outhit FSU .384 to .155 in a 3-0 win in Charlottesville. (Werrick 14k, Thornton 13k)
    Wake Forest (0-2)

  • Wake Forest rallied for a 20-18 game two win enroute to their first-ever victory over the Noles 3-0 in Winston-Salem (Thornton 7blk). In Tallahassee, Wake completed the season sweep with a sweep (Campbell 10k, Dipert 9d).


     1    AUBURN  TV            W 7-15, 17-15, 15-11, 6-15, 15-12
          Florida State Classic, Tallahassee, FL
     3    SOUTH CAROLINA        L 11-15, 8-15, 4-15
     4    FLA INTERNATIONAL     W 15-3, 15-8, 15-13
     4    INDIANA               L 6-15, 14-16, 4-15

    N. Illinois Invitational, DeKalb, IL 10 vs Texas-Arlington L 15-10, 7-15, 13-15, 16-18 11 vs Santa Clara L 8-15, 4-15, 10-15 11 at Northern Illinois W 15-3, 15-11, 15-9 15 UC SANTA BARBARA L 3-15, 5-15, 6-15 17 FLORIDA ATLANTIC W 15-11, 16-14, 15-13 18 LIBERTY W 15-12, 13-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-7 24 at Duke L 8-15, 11-15, 15-9, 8-15 25 at Wake Forest L 5-15, 18-20, 11-15 28 FLORIDA TV L 5-15, 4-15, 9-15


     1    MARYLAND             L 6-15, 15-13, 8-15, 11-15
     3    VIRGINIA             L 15-9, 15-11, 14-16, 12-15, 10-15
     8    at Clemson           L 2-15, 5-15, 7-1`5
     9    at Georgia Tech      L 7-15, 14-16, 7-15
    11    FLORIDA A&M  TV      W 15-12, 15-8, 15-9
    15    NORTH CAROLINA       L 5-15, 8-15, 8-15
    17    NC STATE             W 15-12, 16-14, 13-15, 15-0
    19    at Jacksonville      W 15-12, 15-2, 15-8
    22    at Virginia          L 8-15, 13-15, 5-15
    23    at Maryland          L 9-15, 13-15, 3-15
    29    DUKE                 L 3-15, 15-7, 13-15, 11-15
    31    WAKE FOREST  TV      L 11-15, 10-15, 6-15


     5    CLEMSON              L 15-11, 3-15, 8-15, 4-15
     7    GEORGIA TECH         L 15-10, 5-15, 12-15, 2-15
     9    at Florida           L 3-15, 5-15, 4-15
    12    at North Carolina    L 6-15, 5-15, 13-15
    13    at NC State          L 11-15, 15-12, 10-15, 8-15

    18-21 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida

    HOME matches in Tully Gym. All times are Eastern. TV Matches on Sunshine Network.

    Having lost four starters and with seven newcomers, Florida State Head Coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud counted on a year of rebuilding. What she didn’t count on was having to do it with different lineups nearly every time the Lady Seminoles stepped onto the floor. Injuries to several key players throughout the season hampered FSU’s ability to have a consistent rotation on the court which led to a difficult season for the Tribe.

    The season-opener vs. Auburn was, at that time, a preview of what most thought would be Florida State’s season: a young, but competitive group of players who had the ingredients to develop into a solid team. With a team-high 19 kills, senior Aisha Thornton provided leadership for the young team that pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Four freshman started for FSU and each of them contributed to the victory. Early on in the season, the Tribe’s youth proved to be a factor. Florida State went 5-5 before entering Atlantic Coast Conference play. Conference play started, and so did the Lady Seminole injuries. To start things off, FSU traveled to Duke without junior outside hitter Jennifer Werrick and freshman middle hitter Dawn Hough in the lineup. Without two key starters, the Lady Seminoles struggled against the Blue Devils. In fact, FSU struggled the entire ACC season, winning just one league match. Starting outside hitter Kristin Frye was lost for the season on October 3rd and played in just 14 matches, Hough missed five early matches with right knee swelling, Thornton missed five matches with various ailments while Werrick played in 23 matches, but fractured her ankle late in the season and missed the last five regular-season matches. Florida State’s one ACC victory was at home against NC State. The four-game win was truly a team-effort. Four players tallied double-digit kills, led by Thornton and Werrick’s 14. The Lady Seminoles outblocked the Wolfpack 14-7 and shut them out in the final set. Senior Kensy Zulueta served the first two points and after a sideout, it was freshman Elizabeth Pound who served 13-straight points for the 15-0 win.

    Several players gained valuable experience in this season of change. Jamie Hibbard emerged as the starting setter and ended the regular season ranked first on the team with 1,093 assists and 251 digs and third on the team with 18 service aces. Erica Bunch played in all but one match and was a constant in the starting lineup. She was second on the team with 20 service aces and had double-digit kills in 10 matches. Alex Sevillano was valuable as both an outside hitter and defensive specialist and played in 26 matches. Dawn Hough battled injuries but was dominating at the net when in the lineup. Prior to her injury, Kristin Frye had established herself as a keeper in the starting lineup.

    Luana Azevedo had her first career double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs in the start at Duke. She saw action in 25 matches. Elizabeth Pound replaced Frye in the lineup and played in 20 matches at outside hitter. Norisha Campbell, who joined the team late after competing in the USA Junior Nationals, was second on the team in blocking with 79 and third in hitting (.213) and kills (285). She tallied double-digit kills in 15 matches, including a career-high 20 vs. Virginia. Jennifer Werrick played in 25 matches before going out with the ankle injury. She ranked first on the team in kills and digs before being sidelined. A co-captain, she recorded nine double-doubles and 18 matches of double-digit kills. Kensy Zulueta played most back row for FSU this season but did see some action at setter in her 27 matches. With 1,207 career assists, she ranks ninth all-time among FSU setters. Team co-captain Courtney Dipert played in all 30 matches and led the team with 28 service aces. She recorded a career-high 15 digs and had double digit digs in three other matches. Aisha Thornton was a dominant force for FSU, as she had been throughout her career. She ranked first on the team and second in the ACC in hitting throughout the season and was also the team leader with 97 blocks. The senior middle hitter had double-digit kills in 14 matches and recorded a .600 hitting performance late in the season vs. Florida. She will conclude her career ranked second all-time at FSU in hitting percentage and among the all-time Top 10 in blocks and kills.

    1991: 3rd Place

    After a 2-5 ACC regular season, FSU (15-14 overall, regular season) upset North Carolina 3-0 in the1st round before falling to host Virginia 3-1.

    1992: Runner-Up

    As the #2 seed, the Lady Seminoles (24-6, 6-1 ACC) swept Virginia in the first round and defeated host Maryland 3-2 before falling to Duke in the Championship in five games.

    1993: Runner-Up

    Florida State (21-8, 9-5 ACC) swept North Carolina and Clemson enroute to its second consecutive championship match, but were defeated once again by the Blue Devils, the tournament host, 3-0.

    1994: 3rd Place

    The Lady Seminoles, 15-13 in the regular season & 7-9 in the conference, ousted Maryland in four games in the opening round before Duke knocked FSU out for the third straight season.

    1995: 3rd Place

    FSU, the #7 seed, upset tournament host and #2 seeded Clemson in the opening round 15-8, 6-15, 6-15, 16-14, 15-13, but fell in the semifinals to Maryland in three games.

    1996: 5th Place

    Hoping to upset its second consecutive #2-seed and tournament host, Florida State fell short as Georgia Tech handed the Lady Seminoles a 3-0 first round defeat in Atlanta.

    1997: 3rd Place

    Entering as the #2 seed, FSU needed five games to down Virginia in the opening round. In the semifinals, third-seeded Georgia Tech ousted the Lady Seminoles in four games.

    1998: Champions

    After a 11-5 regular season, FSU entered as the #3 seed and rolled through the tournament field. The Lady Seminoles swept all three opponents, Wake Forest, Virginia, and UNC in the final.

    Through Matches of Sunday, November 14th

         Team              ACC  Overall  Streak
     1.  Clemson          15-1    29-1   Won 13
     2.  North Carolina   14-2    24-5   Won 3
     3.  Wake Forest      10-6    24-8   Won 1
     4.  Virginia          9-7   17-10   Lost 1
     5.  Duke              7-9   13-13   Lost 1
     6.  Georgia Tech     6-10   16-13   Lost 2
     7.  NC State         5-11   15-18   Won 2
     8.  Maryland         5-11   12-18   Lost 2
     9.  Florida State    1-15    8-22   Lost 9

    September 3 and 4:

    Florida State Classic

    Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team

    September 10 and 11:

    Northern Illinois Invitational

    Jennifer Werrick — All-Tournament Team

    Luana Ruiz Azevedo Lu-wana Ru-ees Ah-zee-vaydo
    Norisha Campbell Neye-eesha
    Courtney Dipert Die-purt
    Dawn Hough Huff
    Cecile Reynaud Suh-seel Reh-nod
    Alex Sevillano Sah-vee-yahno
    Aisha Thornton Eye-eesha
    Jennifer Werrick Wair-rick
    Tara Visser Tair-ah
    Kensy Zulueta Ken-zee Zoo-wetta


    Hitting Percentage
    3. Aisha Thornton        .345

    Kills Per Game 6. Jennifer Werrick 4.04

    Assists Per Game 7. Jamie Hibbard 11.04

    Digs Per Game 8. Jennifer Werrick 2.91

    Blocks Per Game 8. Aisha Thornton 1.10


    Hitting Percentage
    1. Clemson              .278
    9. Florida State        .189

    Kills Per Game 1. Clemson 16.86 9. Florida State 14.13

    Assists Per Game 1. Clemson 15.45 9. Florida State 12.66 Digs Per Game 1. North Carolina 18.84 9. Florida State 12.64

    Service Aces Per Game 1. Georgia Tech 1.93 9. Florida State 1.33

    Blocks Per Game 1. North Carolina 3.18 8. Florida State 2.19

    Injury Report

  • Junior outside hitter Jennifer Werrick fractured her left ankle during practice prior to FSU’s November 5th match with Clemson and will be out for the remainder of the season. Fellow OH Kristin Frye, who suffered a hairline fracture of her right ankle during game two of FSU’s match with Virginia on October 3rd, is now practicing but remains questionable for this week’s ACC Tournament.

  • Sophomore Norisha Campbell has posted some impressive offensive numbers for the Lady Seminoles since shifting from the middle to the outside hitter position following the injury to Jennifer Werrick. Campbell has led the team in kills in five of the last six FSU matches including 18 at NC State last Saturday. In her place in the middle, freshman Dawn Hough has tallied team-highs as well. She led the team in hitting percentage and blocks against Georgia Tech and totaled a team-best five blocks at North Carolina last Friday night.
    Topping Twenty

  • OH Jennifer Werrick and MH Aisha Thornton have each topped 20 kills in three matches this season. Thornton notched a season-high 23 against Maryland on October 1st.
    15-0 Win, It’s An Annual Event

  • Florida State powered past NC State 15-0 in game four on October 17th in Tully Gym to nail down its first ACC victory of the season. FSU now has four 15-0 game victories over the past three seasons, all at home. Florida State has not been shutout in a game since 1996.
    1999: NC State          15-12, 16-14, 13-15, 15-0
    1998: UNC               15-0, 12-15, 8-15, 15-6, 15-13
    1997: Virginia          15-0, 15-6, 15-6
    1997: Georgia Southern  15-5, 15-0, 15-3

    Approaching 600

  • Head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud is approaching the 600-victory plateau. She enters this week’s play with a total of 597 career victories, all as head coach of the Lady Seminoles.
    Freshmen In the Ranks

  • The Lady Seminoles have been forced to depend greatly on its seven freshmen throughout this season. As a result, they are among the team leaders in a number of categories. S Jamie Hibbard is first in assists and digs. OH Erica Bunch is second in service aces, third in digs, and fourth in kills. MH Dawn Hough, with late season action, now ranks third in blocks.

    Durable Dipert

    Senior defensive specialist Courtney Dipert is the only member of the Lady Seminoles to have appeared in all 30 matches. She has played in 47 straight FSU matches dating back to October 10th at NC State. In her 30 matches this season, Dipert has racked up a team-leading 28 service aces along with a career-best 171 digs.

    17 Home Dates  TOTAL  7,236
                 Average  425.6

    11 Road Dates TOTAL 6,670 Average 606.4

    2 Neutral Dates TOTAL 198 Average 99.0

    Overall TOTAL 14,104 Average 470.1

    Through 30 matches

    Luana Ruiz Azevedo (1)

    at Duke                15 kills    15 digs

    Erica Bunch (4)

    vs Auburn              13 kills    16 digs
    vs Virginia            16 kills    13 digs
    at Jacksonville        10 kills    10 digs
    vs Clemson             10 kills    14 digs

    Jamie Hibbard (8)

    vs Auburn              46 assists  17 digs
    vs- UT-Arlington       76 assists  12 digs
    at Northern Illinois   41 assists  10 digs
    vs Liberty             64 assists  22 digs
    vs Maryland            50 assists  13 digs
    vs NC State            46 assists  11 digs
    at Jacksonville        35 assists  12 digs
    at NC State            61 assists  15 digs

    Tara Visser (1)

    vs Duke                50 assists  12 digs

    Jennifer Werrick (9)

    vs- UT-Arlington       27 kills    17 digs
    at Northern Illinois 12 kills 10 digs
    vs Florida Atlantic 12 kills 10 digs
    vs Liberty 21 kills 18 digs
    vs Virginia 14 kills 18 digs
    vs NC State 14 kills 16 digs
    at Jacksonville 11 kills 10 digs
    at Maryland 11 kills 15 digs
    vs Duke 25 kills 20 digs

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