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Oct. 22, 1997

FSU Volleyball Weekly Release

Lady Seminoles Look For Season Series Sweeps at Georgia Tech, Clemson

FSU at Georgia Tech * Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 pm Atlanta, Georgia * O'Keefe Gymnasium

FSU at Clemson * Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 pm Clemson, South Carolina * Jervey Gym (3,500)

FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles
* Record: 18-4.
* Conference: 5-2.
* Current Streak: Won 1.
* Series vs. Georgia Tech: The Lady Seminoles ltrail 3-9.  FSU defeated for
the first time since 1993 with a 3-1 home victory on October 5th.
* Series vs. Clemson: Florida State leads 11-6.  FSU ended a 5-match losing
streak to Clemson with its 3-1 win over the Tigers on October 3rd.
LATELY
1-3 LOSS VS DUKE
The Lady Seminoles looked out of sync in a 1-3 loss to the Blue Devils on
Friday.  Aisha Thornton recorded a career-high 28 kills on a .469 hitting
percentage and Laura Arnold notched a double-double with 11 kills and 20
digs in the defeat.
3-1 WIN VS WAKE FOREST
Florida State rebounded from its Duke defeat to beat the Demon Deacons in 4
games.  In her FSU debut, Jennifer Werrick led the team with a .588
percentage on 12 kills.  Schneider added a double-double with 18 kills and
11 digs in the victory.
THE OPPONENTS
GEORGIA TECH Yellow Jackets
Record: 10-13.
* Conference: 3-5.
* Streak: Lost 2.
* Coach: Shelton Collier, 7th season at GT.
* Standouts: Carla Gartner (.308 h%, 3.18 kpg) and Lynnette Anderson (0.40
sa/g) lead the Yellow Jackets.
CLEMSON Tigers
* Record: 17-3.
* Conference: 5-3.
* Streak: Lost 1.
* Coach: Jolene Jordan Hoover, 5th year at CU.
* Standouts: The Tigers are led by Stephanie Schulz (.339 h%) and Cindy
Stern (3.86 kpg, 1.65 bpg).

ROUND 1: GEORGIA TECH * The Lady Seminoles used an impressive serving and blocking effort to beat the Yellow Jackets (3-1) for the first time since 1993. Kate Hemlepp served up 5 aces, part of FSU's season-high 12. Holly Schneider tallied a double-double with 12 kills and 21 digs.

ROUND 1: CLEMSON * Florida State toppled an undefeated Clemson squad 15-13, 14-16, 15-4, 15-13 in front of 1,127 fans in Tully Gym. FSU rallied for 10 of the last 11 points in the final game for the victory. Fiona Bolten registered a career-high 62 assists and Kate Hemlepp and Susan Hawks posted career-high kill totals.

NOLE NOTES

WERRICK WOWS IN DEBUT * With the absence of outside hitter LaToya Presberry, head coach Cecile Reynaud was forced to turn to freshman Jennifer Werrick and she certainly delivered. In her first collegiate match, Werrick led the team with a .588 hitting percentage on 12 kills. The Lakeland native added 9 digs and served up an ace during the final three games of FSU's win over Wake Forest on Sunday.

RAVE REVIEWS * Jennifer Werrick's performance on Sunday did not go unnoticed by the Atlantic Coast Conference as Werrick picked up Rookie of the Week honors. It is the fourth time this season that a Lady Seminole has garnered the award.

A MARATHON MATCH * Fans got their money's worth Friday as Duke and FSU played almost 2 1/2 hours. The four games of the match averaged over 40 minutes each. In the final game, FSU and Duke battled through 20 consecutive sideouts before the Blue Devils came out victorious.

A LOOK AT THE POLL * Following a 2-1 week, Florida State dropped out of the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. FSU had received votes in the poll for the last 5 weeks, peaking at #30 prior to its match with Florida in late September. Maryland is currently the only ACC team in the Top 25 at #17 and the only other conference team to receive votes.

NO MERCY * FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have won 56 of 73 games played thus far this season outscoring their opponents 1003-652. Florida State has outscored visitors in Tully Gym 663-358 in twelve home matches.

ADD A THOUSAND * Florida State once again topped the 1,000 mark in attendance on Friday, Octboer 10th 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.

BROKEN BOLTEN BETTER * Junior setter Fiona Bolten, who fractured a finger during FSU's match with Clemson, had the cast removed from her hand Wednesday and is expected to be ready for action this weekend.

AISHA THE KILLER * Sophomore middle hitter Aisha Thornton has taken charge at the net for the Lady Seminoles in ACC play. Thornton's string of 8 matches with double-digit kills (conference and non-conference) was broken Sunday against Wake Forest, but she is still averaging 14.1 kills per contest in her last 9 matches. In ACC play, Thornton leads the team with 115 kills on a .418 hitting percentage and a 4.11 kills per game average.

TRIBE, TECH, TIGERS 2-2 * Florida State, Georgia Tech, & Clemson have each won 2 of 4 conference matches since the teams met three weekends ago. The Yellow Jackets picked up wins at UNC and NC State but fell to Maryland and Virginia at home last weekend. Clemson defeated UNC and Virginia but was upset by NC State in Raleigh and lost to Maryland at home. Both Clemson and Florida State have added a non-conference win to their totals in the last 2 weeks. FSU took out South Alabama while Clemson defeated Davidson.

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 17 of its 18 victories this year. Overall, Florida State leads opponents 259-127 in block assists this season.

PLAY THE PERCENTAGES * Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .296 hitting percentage. FSU's .296 mark was good enough for #10 in the nation this week. Individually, Aisha Thornton's .408 mark this week ranks her at #8 in the country. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging just over half of Florida State's hitting percentage at .150.

BY THE NUMBERS

FSU IN THE ACC
INDIVIDUAL overall
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .408
2   Susan Hawks     .359
Kills per Game  
8   Aisha Thornton  3.55
Service Aces per Game
1   Holly Schneider 0.53
Blocks per Game
4   Susan Hawks     1.23
8   Aisha Thornton  1.06
INDIVIDUAL acc only
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .418
7   Susan Hawks     .290
Kills per Game
4   Aisha Thornton  4.11
Digs per Game
6   Holly Schneider 3.57    
TEAM overall
Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State   .296
Kills per Game
1   Maryland        16.51
2   Florida State   15.64
Service Aces per Game
1   Georgia Tech    2.04
3   Florida State   1.84
TEAM acc only
Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State   .251

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Through Tuesday, October 21st
    School              Conf    Overall Games
1   Maryland            8-0     17-0    51-12
2   Florida State       5-3     18-4    56-17
3   Clemson             5-3     17-3    56-24
4   North Carolina      5-3     13-9    45-33
5   Duke                5-3     9-11    39-36
6   Virginia            3-5    14-10    48-39
7   Georgia Tech        3-5    10-13    40-44
8   Wake Forest         1-7     8-14    32-49
9   NC State            1-7     7-16    33-57
LOOKING AHEAD
FSU will look for revenge when the Tar Heels visit Halloweeen night in the
Noles' next home match.
FLORIDA STATE VS NORTH CAROLINA
Friday, October 31th at 7:00 pm in Tully Gym
FLORIDA STATE VS NC STATE
Saturday, November 1st at 8:00 pm in Tully Gym
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