November 9, 1999 - by
Volleyball Loses To No. 4 Florida In Straight Sets

Nov. 9, 1999

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Lady Seminole volleyball team could not
conquer No. 4 Florida Tuesday night in the O’Connell Center as Florida State
fell 3-15, 5-15, 4-15 to the Gators. With the defeat, FSU falls to 8-20
on the season. Florida extended its winning streak to 20 matches,
improving to 24-2 overall.

The Gators capitalized on a slow start by the Lady Seminoles,
rolling off the first 10 points of the match. A block from Aisha Thornton
and Alex Sevillano broke through the Florida streak to give FSU its first
point at 1-10. A pair of Thornton kills notched the Lady Seminoles’ only
other game one points as Florida powered past FSU 15-3.

Florida State took the early lead in the second game. The Noles
scored the first three points in the game on the serve of setter Jamie
Hibbard including a service ace. The Gators responded quickly, stealing
the momentum and scoring the next 13 points to take a commanding lead.
FSU posted a pair of points on the serve of Sevillano including another
service ace, but Florida finished off the Lady Seminoles on a kill by
Heather Wright for a 15-5 game two victory.

Control seesawed to open game three with Florida State grabbing an
early 3-2 edge. A pair of Jenny Manz aces, two of her match-high six,
pushed Florida ahead for good at 6-3. The Gators cruised from there for a
15-4 game three victory to close out the match.

“Florida’s experience and our recent injuries made it tough for us
tonight,” said head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud. “They have a great
chemistry. This is probably one of the best Florida teams we’ve faced in
recent years.”

Senior Aisha Thornton led the Lady Seminoles with strong play in
the middle. She tallied 12 kills and a .600 hitting percentage along with
a pair of blocks. Sophomore Norisha Campbell, playing at outside hitter
in place of the injured Jennifer Werrick, added 7 kills. For Florida,
senior Jenny Manz posted an .824 percentage with an error-free 14 kills on
17 attempts.

As a team, Florida outhit the Lady Seminoles .397 to .056. The
Gators outblocked FSU 7-3. Florida also served up 10 aces.

The Lady Seminoles round out Atlantic Coast Conference play this
weekend with visits to North Carolina on Friday and NC State on Saturday
in preparation for next week’s ACC Tournament in Orlando.

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