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Oct. 7, 1997

Lady Seminoles Head North To Battle Virginia, Maryland

FSU at Virginia
* Friday, October 10 at 7:00 pm
Charlottesville, Virginia * Memorial Gym (2,500)

FSU at Maryland
* Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 pm College Park, Maryland * Ritchie Coliseum (1,700)

FLORIDA STATE

Lady Seminoles
* Record: 15-2.
* Conference: 3-1.
* Current Streak: Won 3.
* Series vs. Virginia:  Florida State holds an 11-3 edge over the
Cavaliers.  UVA took 2 of its 3 series victories in 1996.
* Series vs. Maryland: The Lady Seminoles trail in the series 6-8.  Florida
State has not defeated the Terrapins since the 1994 ACC Tournament.

FSU LATELY

3-1 WIN VS CLEMSON
Florida State knocked the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeatens with its
win in Tully on the Sunshine Network.  Fiona Bolten, Susan Hawks, Kate
Hemlepp, and Christy Minko posted career-highs.
3-1 WIN VS GEORGIA TECH
The Lady Seminoles finished their weekend sweep with their victory over
Georgia Tech.  Kate Hemlepp had 13 kills and 5 service aces to lead FSU.

THE OPPONENTS

VIRGINIA Cavaliers
* Record: 11-7* (24-11 in 1996).
* Conference: 1-2.
* Coach: Melissa Aldrich Shelton, 3rd season at UVa.
* Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2.
* Standouts: Jessica Parsons (3.11 kpg, 1.25 bpg) and Chaire Folga (3.08
kpg, 2.98 dpg) lead the Cavaliers.
MARYLAND Terrapins
* Record: 12-0*. (26-5 in 1996).
* Conference: 3-0*.
* Coach: Janice Kruger, 10th year at Maryland.
* Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3.
* Standouts: The Terrapins are led by Elizabeth Efron (4.19 kpg, 3.02 dpg)
and Katie Jentes (3.15 kpg).

OPPONENTS' SCHEDULES

* FSU is the second of 4 matches for Virginia this week. UVa will travel to Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday and host Duke and Wake Forest on Saturday and Sunday.

* The Lady Seminoles are the last of 3 matches for Maryland this weekend. The Terps will host Duke and Wake Forest before their match with FSU.

LAST YEAR

* The Lady Seminoles were swept by both Virginia and Maryland during the regular season. FSU lost 3-1 to each team in their last meeting in November of 1996.

OPPONENT NOTES

* Maryland is off to its best start in history at 12-0 and a #18 ranking in the latest AVCA/USA Today national poll.

NOLE NOTES

A CAREER WEEKEND
* Four Lady Seminoles posted career-high numbers during FSU's matches with Clemson and Georgia Tech last weekend. Fiona Bolten registered career-bests with 62 assists, 7 kills, 16 attack attempts, & 3 block assists against Clemson.

Susan Hawks notched 14 kills against the Tigers. Freshman Kate Hemlepp bettered her previous highs from this season with 14 kills, 35 attempts, and 3 block assists against Clemson then smoked the Yellow Jackets for 5 service aces Sunday. Defensive specialist Christy Minko dug up 15 balls, her career-high, against Clemson on Friday.

BROKEN BOLTEN BENCHED
* FSU setter Fiona Bolten missed Sunday's Georgia Tech match and will be sidelined this weekend due to a broken pinky finger which she injured during her career-high 62-assist performance against Clemson last Friday. Sophomore Kensy Zulueta stepped in to record 39 assists in FSU's 3-1 win over Georgia Tech.

IN THE RANKS
* Florida State was 31st in the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. Maryland is the only ACC team in the Top 25 at #18. North Carolina and Clemson also received votes.

DOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
* Junior outside hitter Holly Schneider tallied a pair of double-doubles over the weekend for the Lady Noles. Schneider had 12 kills and 15 digs versus Clemson Friday then added 12 kills and 21 digs against Georgia Tech on Sunday.

BIG ON THE BLOCK
* Florida State has come up big at the net throughout the 1997 season. The Lady Seminoles have registered more block assists than their opponent in each of its 15 victories this year. FSU has also posted more solo blocks than its competitor in 10 of 17 matches. Overall, FSU leads opponents 212-80 in block assists this season.

ADD A THOUSAND
* Florida State once again topped the 1,000 mark in attendance last Friday as 1,127 Lady Seminole fans watched FSU defeat Clemson 3-1. The 2,782 fans in a standing-room only crowd for FSU's match with Florida earlier this season set a new attendance record for the Lady Seminoles in Tully Gym. "It's always been a goal to get the fire marshall in here," said head coach Cecile Reynaud following the match. Tully Gym's capacity is listed as 2,500.

ANOTHER UNBEATEN
* Florida State faces the only remaining undefeated team in the conference when it meets up with Maryland in College Park this Sunday. FSU handed then 14-0 Clemson its first loss of the season in Tully Gym last Friday night.

THE OPPONENTS' BATTLE
* Maryland and Virginia battled each other last weekend in Charlottesville with the Terrapins pulling out a 3-0 road victory. Kim Adolphs led the Terps with 14 kills and 12 digs in the 15-8, 15-5, 16-14 win.

PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .309 hitting percentage. FSU's .319 mark was good enough for #3 in the nation last week. Individually, Aisha Thornton's .429 mark last week ranked her at #3 in the country. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging less than half Florida State's hitting percentage at .145.

A DOZEN TO START
* Florida State rolled to victory in its first 12 matches of 1997 marking the best start in program history. FSU also nabbed tournament championships in its own FSU Classic, the All-Sport Michigan Challenge, and the Florida Atlantic Tournament. The Lady Seminoles previous best start came in the 1982 season when FSU opened up 8-0.

SUPER SEPTEMBER
* FSU's 1997 September record is quite a turnaround from a year ago. The Lady Seminoles finished at 10-2 last month. In 1996, Florida State was a lowly 1-10 in the month of September.

GAME AFTER GAME
* In winning 36 of their first 37 games this season, the Lady Seminoles compiled an impressive 27-game winning streak. The 27-game streak is the second longest in school history. FSU won 36 games during a 21-match winning streak in 1981.

NO MERCY
* FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have won 45 of 54 games played thus far this season outscoring their opponents 763-457. Florida State has outscored visitors in Tully Gym 416-254 in nine home matches.

HONORS & AWARDS

FLORIDA STATE CLASSIC
August 29-30, Tallahassee, FL
Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player
Fiona Bolten & LaToya Presberry, All Tournament Team
ALL-SPORT(R)/MICHIGAN CHALLENGE
SEPTEMBER 5-6, ANN ARBOR, MI
LaToya Presberry, Most Valuable Player
Fiona Bolten & 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 8-14
Aisha Thornton, Co-Player of the Week
Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week
week of SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6
Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week

BY THE NUMBERS

FSU in the ACC:
INDIVIDUAL
The Lady Seminoles have remained to the top of several team and individual
statistical categories following six weeks of action for ACC schools.
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton   .417
2   Susan Hawks      .389
9   LaToya Presberry .319
Assists per Game
2   Fiona Bolten      12.79
Digs per Game
10  LaToya Presberry   2.87
Kills per Game
3   LaToya Presberry   3.91
9   Aisha Thornton     3.41
Service Aces per Game
1   Holly Schneider    0.65
Blocks per Game
3   Susan Hawks        1.40
9   Aisha Thornton     1.13
TEAM
Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State       .309
Kills per Game
1   Maryland          17.14
2   Florida State     15.74
Service Aces per Game
1   Georgia Tech       2.19
2   Florida State      1.94
Blocks per Game
1   Clemson            3.47
4   Florida State      2.63

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Through Tuesday, October 7th
    School         Conf Ovrll  Games
1   Maryland       3-0  12-0   36-6
2   N. Carolina    4-1  10-6   33-23
3   Florida State  3-1  15-2   46-9
4   Clemson        3-1  15-1   46-16
5   Duke           2-2   6-10  29-32
6   Virginia       1-2  11-7   38-28
7   Georgia Tech   1-3   8-11  30-37
8   Wake Forest    1-3   7-10  28-37
9   NC State       0-5   5-14  26-48

LOOKING AHEAD

Next up for the Lady Seminoles, FSU will host a trio of games for Parents Weekend.

FLORIDA STATE VS SOUTH ALABAMA
Friday, October 23th at 7:00
FLORIDA STATE VS DUKE
Friday, October 24th at 5:00
FLORIDA STATE VS WAKE FOREST
Sunday, October 26th at 1:00 * Televised on the Sunshine Network
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