Oct. 14, 1997
FSU Volleyball Weekly Release
Lady Seminoles Host South Alabama, Duke, & Wake Forest for Parents' Weekend
FSU vs. South Alabama * Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 pm * Tully Gym
FSU vs. Duke * Friday, October 17 at 7:00 pm * Tully Gym
FSU vs. Wake Forest * Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 pm * Tully Gym * TV
Please note that Florida State's match with Duke has been pushed back from its original start time of 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm this Friday night.
FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles
* Record: 16-3.
* Conference: 4-1.
* Current Streak: Lost 1.
* Series vs. South Alabama: Florida State has dominated the series, leading 12-0. FSU last defeated USA 15-11, 15-4, 15-8 in 1995.
* Series vs. Duke: The Lady Seminoles trail in the series 3-15. Florida State's last win over the Blue Devils came in 1989.
* Series vs. Wake Forest: The Lady Seminoles lead 2-0. FSU defeated Wake Forest 3-1 at home and swept the Demon Deacons on the road in '96.
LATELY ... 3-1 WIN AT VIRGINIA
FSU picked up its 4th ACC of the year with its 3-1 win in Charlottesville. Susan Hawks and Kate Hemlepp each recorded career-high kill numbers.
1-3 LOSS AT MARYLAND
The Lady Seminoles' attempt to knock a team from the ranks of the unbeatens fell short as Maryland pulled out a 3-1 win over FSU. Florida State hit a dismal .107 in the match, its lowest of the year.
SOUTH ALABAMA Lady Jaguars
* Record: 1-16 (4-23 in 1996).
* Conference: Sun Belt, 0-2.
* Coach: Ginger Mayson, 3rd season at USA.
* Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2.
* Standouts: Junior OH Martina Milanova (2.67 kpg, 1.88 dpg) leads the Lady Jaguars.
DUKE Blue Devils
* Record: 7-11*. (15-12 in 1996).
* Conference: 3-3*.
* Coach: Linda Grensing, 3rd year at Duke.
* Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
* Standouts: The Blue Devils are led by Sarah Peifer (3.45 kpg, 3.66 dpg) and Kristen Campbell (12.06 apg).
WAKE FOREST Demon Deacons
* Record: 8-12*. (10-23 in 1996).
* Conference: 1-5*.
* Coach: Mary Buczek, 2nd year at Wake Forest.
* Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1.
* Standouts: The Demon Deacons are led by Katie Horne (3.81 kpg) and Jessica Hood (1.19 bpg).
* Duke and Wake Forest will battle in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham Tuesday evening before the teams visit FSU this weekend. For info on this match, check www.goduke.com.
STOPPED AT THE NET
* Both Virginia and Maryland put a relative stop to Florida State's blocking game at the net. The Cavaliers and the Terrapins each had more solo blocks and block assists than FSU in their weekend matches. The Lady
Seminoles failed to tally a solo block against UVa and were held to a season-low 8 block assists at UMd. FSU was 1-1 in the matches.
ATTACK NOT ABSENT
* Overcoming the blocking outage, Susan Hawks and Kate Hemlepp set career-highs on the attack.
Hawks totaled 17 kills on 35 attempts, both career-highs, and Hemlepp notched a career-best 16 kills against Virginia in Charlottesville.
BROKEN BOLTEN BETTER
* Junior setter Fiona Bolton, who fractured a finger during FSU's match with Clemson, will be reevaluated by doctors on Wednesday and could return to action this weekend.
IN THE RANKS
* Florida State was 36th in the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. Maryland is the only ACC team in the Top 25 at #17 and the only other conference team to receive votes.
* FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have won 49 of 62 games played thus far this season outscoring their opponents 856-548. Florida State has outscored visitors in Tully Gym 416-254 in nine home matches.
ADD A THOUSAND
* Florida State once again topped the 1,000 mark in attendance during its last homestand as 1,127 Lady Seminole fans watched FSU defeat Clemson 3-1 on Friday, October 10th.
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 islisted as 2,500.
PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .296 hitting percentage. FSU's .309 mark was good enough for #5 in the nation last week.
Individually, Aisha Thornton's .417 mark last week ranked her at #7 in the country. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging less than half of Florida State's hitting percentage at .149.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DIG DEFENSE
* Four Lady Seminoles recorded double-digit digs during Florida State's 3-1 loss at Maryland. Kensy Zulueta led the team with 15 digs, Laura Arnold & Holly Schneider posted 13 each, and Christy Minko tallied 11.
Arnold also totaled 12 at Virgina part of a double-double (10 kils) for the senior outside hitter.
Scheider also notched 13 digs at Virginia on Friday for a string of 4 matches with double-digit digs.
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 its opponent in each of its 15 of its 16 victories this year.
FSU has also posted more solo blocks than its competitor in 10 of 19 matches. Overall, FSU leads opponents 232-108 in block assists this season.
* Duke has dominated the Lady Seminoles since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. The Blue Devils are undefeated (10-0) against FSU since '92 and have eliminated the Lady Noles from the ACC Tournament 3 times.
Florida State has never defeated Duke in Tully Gym with its 3 series wins over the Blue Devils coming in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Washington DC in the 1980s .
WAKE'S SECOND SEASON
NOLES ON TV
* 1997 is the second season for Wake Forest Volleyball after a 9-year absence. The Demon Deacons fielded a team in 1986 then discontinued the program until last season's return.
SUNSHINE NETWORK TALENT
* Tom Block (play-by-play) and Lisa Gunning (color commentary) will once again call the match.
THIRD OF FOUR
* FSU's match with Wake Forest is the second of four scheduled to air on the Sunshine Network. FSU is 1-1 thus far this season on TV. The Noles' match with UNC on Halloween will also air on Sunshine.
* The Florida State-Wake Forest match is currently scheduled to air tape delayed Monday at 8:00 pm and rebroadcast Tuesday at 1:00 am and 11:00 am.
BY THE NUMBERS
FSU in the ACC
The Lady Seminoles have remained to the top of several team and individual statistical categories following seven weeks of action for ACC schools.
1 Aisha Thornton .405
2 Susan Hawks .358
9 LaToya Presberry .319
Assists per Game
1 Fiona Bolten 12.79
Digs per Game
10 LaToya Presberry 2.87
Kills per Game
3 LaToya Presberry 3.91
10 Aisha Thornton 3.34
Service Aces Per Game
1 Holly Schneider 0.61
Blocks per Game
4 Susan Hawks 1.28
9 Aisha Thornton 1.11
1 Florida State .296
Kills per Game
1 Maryland 16.60
3 Florida State 15.48
Service Aces per Game
1 Georgia Tech 2.11
4 Florida State 1.84
Blocks per Game
1 Clemson 3.38
4 Florida State 2.48
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS
(Through Tuesday, October 14th)
School Conf Ovrll Games
1 Maryland 6-0 15-0 45-8
2 Florida State 4-2 16-3 49-13
3 Clemson 4-2 16-2 51-21
4 N. Carolina 4-3 11-8 40-29
5 Duke 3-3 7-11 33-35
6 Georgia Tech 3-3 10-11 36-38
7 Virginia 2-4 13-9 45-34
8 Wake Forest 1-5 8-12 31-43
9 NC State 1-6 6-15 29-53