Aug. 20, 2001
With a solid nucleus of talent returning, the 2001 season should be a strong one for the Lady Seminoles. After losing only one senior, Jennifer Werrick, Florida State is returning one of the most experienced squads in recent years.
Campbell will once again lead the way for the Lady Seminoles following a fantastic 2000 campaign. Campbell was the only player to see action in every match last year and led the team in blocks (119) and kills (447). Following a season filled with broken records and a summer filled with valuable experience while playing for the A2 team, she should be a huge factor for the Lady `Noles in 2001.
"Norisha spent the summer with the A2 team giving her invaluable experience," Reynaud said. "She's playing with the top players in the country her age and we will really look to her this season. We are going to use her extensively in our offense. I think her drive and her competitiveness will carry over to the rest of the team. She will be a big key to our success for the upcoming year, which is exactly what a senior should be."
Heading into the season, the Tribe could possibly face several nationally-ranked teams in their opening six matches. FSU will start the ACC season on the road at Clemson and conclude at home as the Lady Noles play host to the ACC Tournament. The tournament will begin on Thursday, November 15th and play will continue through Sunday, November 18th. ACC action looks to be tough once again as Florida State is ranked No.4 in the preseason polls, with Duke only three votes ahead in the No. 3 spot and Georgia Tech picked as the favorite of the season.
"If you look at the conference this year, Duke, FSU, and UNC all return with five starters," said Reynaud. "It's going to be whoever put in the most work this summer and the team that can avoid injuries. When looking at Georgia Tech, we were very fortunate to beat them in Atlanta late in the season. To beat a strong team like that at their home shows what our team is truly capable of doing. Duke is going to be very strong this year and we need to stay healthy and maintain the mental toughness it's going to take to beat a team of their caliber."