FSU Set to Open 2001 Season at Pepperdine Tournament Friday, Aug. 31
Aug. 30, 2001
After a competitive spring season, which included matches against Big 12 schools Texas and Texas A&M, the Lady Seminoles will open the 2001 season on the road as they head to Malibu, Calif. for the Howdy's Pepperdine Classic. Returning nine letterwinners and five starters from the 2000 season, head coach Cecile Reynaud is expecting another exciting season. The team will first face Fresno State at 7:00 p.m. P.T. Friday, August 31. Fresno State currently leads FSU in the all-time series 2-0. Following that match, the Lady Seminoles will face Northern Arizona Sat., Sept. 1 at noon P.T. The Lady Noles lead Northern Arizona 1-0 in the all-time series. Later that evening the team will face No. 17 Pepperdine at 5:00 p.m. P.T.
"We are excited about our first tournament of the season," said head coach Cecile Reynaud. "It is going to be a nice change for us to see someone different on the other side of the net. Right now everyone is healthy and we hope to go to California and play three strong games of volleyball while we learn a lot about ourselves."
A Record of Her Own: With a career record of 618-314, Dr. Cecile Reynaud ranks ninth nationally in career victories among active Division I coaches. Over the past 25 seasons, Reynaud has surpassed many milestones. Most recently, she captured her 600th career victory with a win over Charleston Southern in 2000. In 1998, she coached Florida State to its first ACC Volleyball Title since joining the league in 1991. During the last 25 seasons, Reynaud has led her respective Seminole teams to 20 winning seasons, an ACC Championship, six Metro Conference Championships and eight NCAA appearances. She was also named ACC Coach of the year in 1992 after leading the Noles to a tie for first in the ACC in just their second season in the conference. This season coach Reynaud will begin her 26th season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program and will attempt to lead her team to its 21st winning season.
Return to Glory: When the Lady Seminoles open the 2001 season there will be several familiar faces. With a solid nucleus of talent returning, the 2001 season should be a strong one for the Lady Seminoles. After losing lone senior Jennifer Werrick, Florida State is returning one of the most experienced squads in recent years. The Seminoles will be led by returner Norisha Campbell, while last year's freshman sensation Jennifer Anderson is expected to see continued success in the setter role. Erica Bunch and Kristin Frye should provide leadership and Dawn Hough will be another talented blocker up front. Cerina Pele and Alex Sevillano, who both saw action in the starting rotation last year, will add even more depth to a squad that finished with 21 wins in 2000.
This Weekends Opponents: Pepperdine University: Pepperdine, which is currently ranked No. 17 in the AVCA/USA Today preseason poll, returns to the 2001 season with 10 letterwinners and five starters. In 2000 the Waves posted a 24-7 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Fresno State: Opens the 2001 season following a 13-17 campaign in 2000. The Bulldogs finished tied for fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after registering a 6-10 league mark. Fresno State returns nine letterwinners, including three starters, from a year ago. Head coach Ruth Lawanson is beginning her 11th season at Fresno State and has guided the Bulldogs to a cumulative overall record of 190-130 (.594). Northern Arizona: NAU enters the 2001 campaign as defending Big Sky Conference Champions. The Lumberjacks posted an 18-7 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in the Big Sky. FSU leads NAU in the all-time series record 1-0.