Sept. 8, 2001
The Florida State Lady Seminoles completed in their final match of the Verizon Texas A&M Invitational against No. 25 Texas. Putting forth a gallant effort and taking the win in game two, the Lady Seminoles would fall in four games moving them to a 1-4 record on the season.
After losing the first game by ten points, Florida State would come back and take the win over Texas in game two 34-32. The third game would be a very close match-up between the two schools, with both squads making each point count. Unfortunately, it would be Texas who would take the win only by two points, 31-29 over FSU. In game four both teams played well, while FSU would stay within three points of the Longhorns until the 21-16 mark. Texas would hit a streak and keep it until the end, winning game four 30-21.
"We played much better volleyball tonight than last night," said head coach Cecile Reynaud. "We started our freshman Aisha and we were pleased with her, for this being her first time out there on the court in tournament action."
Although the Lady Seminoles would fall short of the win, they did not lack in team efforts. Dawn Hough would lead the Lady 'Noles in blocks with seven, while tying a career high of 12 kills and setting a career high with 31 attacks. Alex Sevillano would lead the team in three categories: kills (19), total attacks (54) and hitting percentage (.259). Kristin Frye would contribute to the team leading in digs with seventeen. As a whole, Florida State finished the evening with 13 total team blocks, while Texas would finish with 10. Senior Norisha Campbell would add 37 attacks and 14 kills while being named to the All-Tournament Team.
"Offensively we still didn't hit as well as we need to," said Reynaud. "These teams have really challenged us and these past two weekends have been well worth it to see what it is we need to improve on. We are looking forward to coming home and heading to Gainesville, to face Florida."
The Lady Seminoles will be back in action on Tuesday, September 25 as they travel to Gainseville to face rival Florida at 7:30 p.m.