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Sept. 16, 1997

Florida State Tackles TAAC Teams in Florida Atlantic Tournament

  • FSU vs. Florida International * Friday, September 19 at 2:00 pm * FAU Gym
  • FSU vs. Florida Atlantic * Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm * FAU Gym
  • FSU vs. Mercer * Saturday, September 20 at 12:30 pm * FAU Gym
  • Florida State Lady Seminoles

  • Record: 9-0.
  • Conference: 0-0 in the ACC.
  • Current Streak: Won 9.
  • Series vs. Florida International: The Lady Seminoles lead the series
  • 9-4. Florida State last met the Golden Panthers in 1991 winning in three games.
  • Series vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida State leads 5-0. The Lady Seminoles defeated FAU at home last weekend 3-0.
  • Series vs. Mercer: This is the first meeting between FSU and Mercer.
  • The Opponents

    Florida International Golden Panthers
  • Record: 1-3 (12-12 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: John Trojaniak, 11th season at FIU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
  • Standouts: Arlene Tur (2.33 kpg) and Jennifer Freedman (1.93 kpg, 0.87 bpg) lead the Golden Panthers.
  • Florida Atlantic Owls
  • Record: 3-5. (15-15 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: Jody Brown, 3rd season at FAU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2.
  • Standouts: The Owls are led by OH Kim Pruitt (3.57 kpg) and Jeannine Lombard (2.57 kpg, 3.57 dpg).
  • Mercer Bears
  • Record: 5-5 (23-13 in 1996).
  • Conference: Trans America Athletic.
  • Coach: Tracy Graham-Lester, 2nd season at MU.
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
  • Standouts: OH Darcey Laverty (2.94 kpg, 3.60 dpg) and Julie Sajdak (2.86 kpg, 0.97 bpg) lead the Bears.
  • Opponent Notes
    Mercer and FSU have both faced Georgia Southern thus far this season. The Bears swept GSU 15-2, 15-8, 15-4. FSU beat the Eagles 15-5, 15-0, 15-3. Mercer has also faced Georgia Tech, which FSU will play at home in 3 weeks.

    Nole Notes

    Nine and Counting
    With its three-game victory over Georgia State Saturday afternoon, Florida State marked its best start in program history with its ninth win. The Lady Seminoles previous best start came in the 1982 season when FSU opened up 8-0.

    Aisha Thornton
    Aisha Thornton

    ACC: Another Round, Please
    The Lady Seminoles took a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference weekly honors once again last week. Aisha Thornton was named Co-Player of the Week after hitting .737 on 29 kills in 38 attempts with just 1 error during three matches last week. Kate Hemlepp repeated as ACC Rookie of the Week following a 20-kill, .262 hitting percentage week.

    Play the Percentages
    Florida State has connected with its kills more successfully than its opponents thus far this season. The Lady Noles have a .330 hitting percentage in 1997 while its opponents are averaging just .092. In fact, FSU lowest hitting percentage in a match this season is .278. The best performance from an opponent is .151.

    The Net Connection
    In each of its first nine matches, the Lady Seminoles have had more kills, less hitting errors, and more block assists than their opponent.

    Hold the Score
    Florida State has had very few scares thus far this season. The Lady Seminoles have held their opponents to under 10 points in 21 of 28 games in 1997.

    Big Against the Big Ten
    Florida State has put up some of its best numbers of the season against the bigger schools. FSU recorded its most kills (58) and total blocks (15) of the season against Michigan in the All-Sport Volleyball Challenge in Ann Arbor. The Lady Seminoles served up a season-high 10 aces against Purdue and tallied 12 total blocks in the FSU Classic.

    LaToya Presberry
    LaToya Presberry

    A Time to Kill
    Junior outside hitter LaToya Presberry has blasted at least 10 kills in 8 of 9 matches this season. Her only single-digit performance was 9 against Montana. Presberry's 18 kills against Eastern Michigan is the best total by a Lady Seminole this season. Her 15 kills vs. Michigan is the team's 2nd best.

    The Brick Wall
    The Lady Seminoles have put together an excellent team blocking force at the net. FSU has 126 block assists on the season while opponents have managed just 27 block assists.

    Schneider Still Shining
    Junior outside hitter Holly Schneider is still putting up solid numbers for the Lady Seminoles. Schneider has double-digit kills in 5 matches this season and is third on the team in kills and total blocks.

    Bolten's Big D
    Junior transfer Fiona Bolten continues to take charge on the court. FSU's primary setter leads the team with 317 assists. On defense, Bolten is second on the team with 81 digs thus far this season.

    Serving Up Six Aces
    Holly Schneider tied a career-high with six service aces against Purdue in the Florida State Classic in late August. It is the most by a Lady Seminole since 1995 when Schneider aced Memphis 6 times during the South Florida Classic.

    No Room at the Top
    Florida State's stellar performance to start the seas put the team and several individuals at the top of numerous ACC statistical categories. Aisha Thornton and Susan Hawks are 1-2 in hitting percentage. Hawks, Thornton, and Susan Johnson hold 3 of the top 5 spots in blocks per game. As a team, FSU ranks in the top 3 in hitting percentage, kills per game, service aces per game, and blocks per game. Florida State holds ithe number one spot in hitting percentage with an outstanding .330 on 433 kills and just 125 errors in 934 attempts over the team's first five matches.

    Arnold Still Out
    Senior outside hitter Laura Arnold is not expected to play this weekend when the Lady Seminoles visit Boca Raton for the Florida Atlantic Tournament. She is continuing to rest her ankle which was injured during the opening weekend of action for the Lady Seminoles in late August.

    Honors & Awards

    Florida State Classic
    August 29-30, Tallahassee, FL
  • Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player
  • Fiona Bolton, All Tournament Team
  • LaToya Presberry, All-Tournament Team
  • All-Sport/Michigan Challenge
    September 5-6, Ann Arbor, MI
  • LaToya Presberry, Most Valuable Player
  • Fiona Bolton, All-Tournament Team
  • Kate Hemlepp, All-Tournament Team
  • Atlantic Coast Conference
    week of September 1-7
  • LaToya Presberry, Player of the Week
  • Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week
  • week of September 8-15
  • Aisha Thornton, Co-Player of the Week
  • Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week
  • By the Numbers

    FSU in the ACC

    Florida State remained at the top of several team and individual statistical categories following three weeks of action for ACC schools.


    Hitting Percentage
    1. Aisha Thornton, .438;
    2. Susan Hawks, .402;
    9. Kate Hemlepp, .344

    Assists per Game
    4. Fiona Bolton, 11.74

    Kills per Game
    5. LaToya Presberry, 3.86;
    10. Aisha Thornton, 3.25

    Service Aces Per Game
    1. Holly Schneider, 0.64;
    9. Fiona Bolten, 0.37

    Blocks per Game
    2. Susan Hawks, 1.48;
    3. Susan Johnson, 1.33;
    5. Aisha Thornton, 1.29


    Hitting Percentage
    1. Florida State, .330

    Kills per Game
    1. Clemson, 17.00;
    3. Florida State, 15.46

    Service Aces per Game
    1. North Carolina, 2.37;
    3. Florida State, 2.00

    Blocks per Game
    1. Clemson, 3.33;
    3. Florida State, 2.75

    Atlantic Coast Conference Standings

    Through Tuesday, September 16th
        School          Conf   Ovrll    Games
    1   Florida State   0-0     9-0     27-1
    2   Clemson         0-0     8-0     24-8
    3   Maryland        0-0     5-0     15-2
    4   Virginia        0-0     6-5     23-18
    5   Wake Forest     0-0     4-4     14-13
    6   North Carolina  0-0     4-4     13-14
    7   Duke            0-0     4-6     14-19
    8   Georgia Tech    0-0     4-8     15-27
    9   NC State        0-0     0-9     7-27

    Looking Ahead

    Next up for the Lady Seminoles...
    Florida State Hosts Florida
  • Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm
  • Tully Gymnasium
  • Live on the Sunshine Network
  • Florida State looks to remain undefeated to set up a marquee matchup with the in-state rival Lady Gators in the friendly confines of Tully Gymnasium next week. Florida is currently ranked #2 in the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll. UF has won the last 4 meetings, but FSU leads the overall series 21-18.

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