Nov. 17, 2001
Norisha Campbell, Erica Bunch and Alex Sevillano combined for 54 of Florida State's 66 kills in a 3-1 (32-30, 30-21, 13-30, 30-20) upset of top-seeded Duke in the semifinals of the 2001 ACC Volleyball Championship at Tully Gymnasium.
"Duke is a smart team they do not usually hurt themselves they just outlast you," said head volleyball coach of FSU Cecile Reynaud. "Duke was incredible today, I have never played a team with only three service errors. It felt good to take the win over Duke today, especially after never beating them in ACC Tournament play before and to be able to do that in front of our home crowd was great. We knew we were close but we didn't know that we would pull it off like we did."
The No. 4 seed Seminoles (17-11) will play the winner of the No. 2 North Carolina/No. 6 Maryland match at 1 p.m. Sunday. Duke falls to 22-4 on the season. The win marked the first time Florida State has defeated Duke in an ACC Championship match. The Seminoles entered the contest 0-4 against the Blue Devils.
"Teams one through nine in the ACC are all strong teams," said FSU sophomore Jennifer Anderson. "The ACC is so competitive and on any given day any team can win. It will be the team that shows up follows the game plan and has fun."
Campbell had a match-high 19 kills for Florida State. Bunch recorded 18 kills with Sevillano adding the lone double-double for the Tribe with 17 kills and 10 digs. The trio hit .410 as a group with the Seminoles hitting .314 as a team for the match.
Florida State hit .513 as a team in taking the first two games of the match, but Duke came right back in the third game. The Blue Devils used a 19-3 run in the frame and scored several points off blocks in a 30-13 win. The Lady Seminoles refused to give up as they would come back to take game four in front of an energized Tully crowd, 30-20.
"The fans meant the world to us today and I think that was one advantage that we did have by having the ACC Tournament here in Tully," said FSU senior Norisha Campbell. "Being able to have our home crowd backing us no matter what. We understood that Duke was the No. 1 team coming into this match, but we came out here knowing anyone was beatable."