Nov. 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State volleyball team will take to the court at Tully Gymnasium for the last time in the 2002 regular season this weekend, when they host the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles carry a 12-0 record at home into the two-match series and will look to improve to 14-0. The weekend is also significant, because it will be the last time that seniors, Erica Bunch, Kristin Frye, Dawn Hough and Alex Sevillano play volleyball within the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium.
After winning two on the road at Maryland and Virginia this past weekend, the Seminoles' record currently stands at 18-8. Florida State will look to improve upon that record this weekend when the Seminoles host the Jackets and Tigers. Earlier this season, the Tribe lost to Georgia Tech and Clemson on the road in heartbreaking fashion, losing both matches in five games. Since those losses, Florida State has greatly improved and has won eight of its last 10 matches.
The Seminoles are led by senior opposite Frye. Frye has been a team leader all season, as she has recorded 373 kills, 206 digs and a hitting percentage of .313. While Frye has been dominating opponents this season, she is not the only threat for Florida State. Middle hitter Hough has been strong for the Tribe, as she has notched 223 kills, 23 service aces, 21 solo blocks and 79 block assists. The balance Seminole attack would not be complete without the powerful offensive effort put forth by outside hitters Bunch and Sevillano. Bunch has 334 kills, 48 block assists and is hitting .274 for the Seminoles. During the 2002 season, Sevillano has tallied 321 kills, 51 service aces, 203 digs and a hitting percentage of .264. Jennifer Anderson, the Seminoles' junior setter, has recorded 21 service aces, 196 digs, 40 block assists and a team-high 1,333 assists on the season.
Georgia Tech will visit Tully Gymnasium Friday, November 8th, at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first time the Yellow Jackets have played on Florida State's court since falling to Maryland in the 2001 ACC Tournament. The Ramblin' Wreck is led by sophomore outside hitter Lynette Moster. Moster, conference leader in kills, has notched 456 kills, 31 service aces, 275 digs and has a hitting percentage of .348 on the season. Alexandra Preiss, a junior middle blocker for Georgia Tech, has added power to the Yellow Jacket attack this season, as she has tallied 338 kills, 23 service aces, 74 digs, 127 total blocks and a hitting percentage of .347. Junior setter Kele Eveland has 1,454 assists, 25 service aces, 295 digs and 74 block assists on the season.
The Seminoles will take on the Clemson Tigers Saturday, November 9th, at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers are led by sophomore middle hitter Lori Ashton. Ashton, the conference leader in hitting percentage, has recorded 428 kills, 21 service aces, 21 solo blocks, 64 block assists and a hitting percentage of .377. Sophomore outside hitter Leslie Finn has brought power to the Clemson attack, as she has notched 340 kills, 27 service aces, 221 digs and a hitting percentage of .216. Jessi Betcher, Clemson's senior setter, has 1,315 assists, 18 service aces, 221 digs and a hitting percentage of .256.
Following this weekends action, the Seminoles will spend the week practicing before traveling to North Carolina State and North Carolina November 15-16.