April 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State volleyball team has been working hard this spring in preparation for the 2002 season. On Thursday, April 11th, the Lady Seminoles will complete their sixth week of practice under the guidance of new head coach Todd Kress before traveling to the University of Alabama for a spring tournament. The commitment and dedication of the team to learn new concepts and strive for excellence has impressed Kress.
"I think practice is going very well," said head coach Todd Kress. "They come in everyday ready to work hard and are all working toward the same goal."
During the off-season, the Lady Seminoles faced a new challenge. At the conclusion of the 2001 season, former head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud announced her retirement after 26 years at the helm of the Seminole volleyball program. Two months following Reynaud's retirement, Florida State hired Todd Kress, former head coach at Northern Illinois University. The style Kress brought with him from Northern Illinois has proven to be different than that of Reynaud, but the players find that the two coaches do share a common bond.
"They are similar in intensity and work ethic," said junior Dawn Hough. "They expect the most out of their players. I have enjoyed playing for both of them."
Kress looks to run a much faster-paced game offensively, as well as initiate an aggressive attack on defense. The practices under Kress have been very intense, but the players are adjusting successfully to the changes Kress is making in the program. With the new offense, the team is looking forward to a fresh look for the Florida State volleyball program.
"Coach Kress focuses on the quickness and powerful movements of his players," said junior Alex Sevillano. "The team will have a faster, more upbeat tempo and I believe this is good for the program."
Florida State will look to exhibit its new look this weekend as the Seminoles participate in their first competition under Kress. The Lady Seminoles will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, April 13th, to compete with six teams in the University of Alabama Spring Tournament. Florida State will face UAB in the first match of the day at 9 a.m.