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Oct. 29, 1997

FSU Welcomes Tar Heels, Wolfpack for Homecoming Weekend

THIS WEEKEND...
Florida State Welcomes North Carolina, NC State For Homecoming Weekend

FSU vs. North Carolina * Friday, October 31 at 7:00 pm Tallahassee, Florida * Tully Gymnasium (2,500) * Sunshine Network Broadcast

FSU vs. North Carolina State * Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm Tallahassee, Florida * Tully Gymnasium (2,500)

FLORIDA STATE
Lady Seminoles
* Record: 19-5.
* Conference: 6-4.
* Current Streak: Won 1.
* Series vs. North Carolina: The Lady Seminoles lead the series 18-5.  FSU
has won 4 of the its 6 meetings with the Tar Heels.
* Series vs. NC State: Florida State leads the series 11-4.  The Lady
Seminoles have won their 3 matches with the Wolfpack.

LATELY

1-3 LOSS AT GEORGIA TECH
Georgia Tech denied FSU its first season sweep of the Yellow Jackets by handing the Lady Seminoles a 3-1 loss on Senior Night in Atlanta. Holly Schneider recorded a double-double in the defeat.

3-1 WIN AT CLEMSON
In only her second match back following injury, Fiona Bolton posted a triple-double with 10 kills, 65 assists, and 20 digs in Florida State's 3-1 victory over the Tigers. Jennifer Werrick in her third match as a Lady Seminole added 13 kills & 16 digs. Freshman Kate Hemlepp tallied 14 kills & 19 digs.

THE OPPONENTS
NORTH CAROLINA
Tar Heels
 Record: 13-12.
* Conference: 5-6.
* Streak: Lost 3.
* Coach: Joe Sagula, 8th season at UNC.
* Standouts: Sophomore OH Tori Seibert (3.69 kpg, .363 h%, 0.44 aces/g,
1.36 bpg) leads the Tar Heels.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Wolfpack Women
* Record: 8-18.
* Conference: 2-9.
* Streak: Won 1.
* Coach: Kim Hall, 4th year at NC State.
* Standouts: The Wolfpack Women are led by OH Laura Kimbrell (4.13 kpg,
3.49 dpg, 0.43 aces/g).

ROUND 1: NORTH CAROLINA
* In its first conference match of the season, Florida State fell in 3 games to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The Lady Seminoles hit a then-season-low .179 in the match and were outblocked or the first time this season 18-14. Individually, Aisha Thornton tallied 14 kills on a .522 hitting percentage to lead FSU.

ROUND 1: NC STATE
* The Lady Seminoles rebounded from their loss at UNC to sweep the Wolfpack 15-5, 15-8, 15-3. Middle hitters Susan Hawks and Aisha Thornton combined for 25 kills & just one error for a .727 hitting percentage. Holly Schneider added 15 kills in the victory.

WEEK 10 NOLE NOTES

IT TAKES TWENTY
* After cruising through games 2 and 3 for 15-5, 15-6 victories, the Lady Seminoles needed 20 points to put away the Clemson Tigers in the fourth and final game Sunday afternoon. Since 1976, FSU has posted 20 or more points in a game against 4 opponents:

1979    Nicholls State    W 15-6, 20-18
1988    LSU               L 10-15, 9-15, 22-20, 10-15
1991    Loyola Marymount  W 18-16, 13-15, 20-18, 17-15
1994    Virginia          W 15-8, 15-12, 4-15, 14-16, 20-18

ALL THE ACES
* FSU served up a season-high tying 12 aces at Georgia Tech Saturday. Individually, Holly Schneider recorded 5 and Christy Minko nailed a career-high 4 aces against the Yellow Jackets. On Sunday, FSU tallied only 3 aces, but returned every Clemson serve as the Tigers failed to post a service ace.

ROOKIES ROLL ON
* Florida State freshmen Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick continued to post impressive numbers over the weekend. Hemlepp broke out of some recent struggles for a 14-kill, 19-dig performance at Clemson. Werrick tallied 15 kills at Georgia Tech Saturday and another 13 against the Tigers Sunday. She completed a double-double against Clemson with 16 digs. In 3 ACC matches, Werrick is averaging 13.3 kills per match and 3.64 kills per game.

A LOOK AT THE POLL
* After receiving votes in the AVCA/USA Today Voleyball Coaches Poll for the 5 weeks, peaking at #30 prior to its match with Florida in late September, the Lady Seminoles dropped out of the poll last week. Maryland is currently the only ACC team in the Top 25 at #17 and the only other conference team to receive votes.

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.Th e 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.

OCTOBER SWEEPS
* Florida State completed its first regular season sweep of Clemson Sunday with its 3-1 win on the road. It is the first time FSU has defeated the Tigers twice in a season since the Lady Seminoles split the regular season series but won in the ACC tournament in 1993. FSU will try for its second sweep of the year this Saturday against NC State. In 1996, FSU swept 3 teams: North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.

BOLTEN'S BACK
* After missing six matches with a fracture in her right hand, junior setter Fiona Bolten returned to the Lady Seminole lineup last weekend with a bang. Following a 48-assist effort at Georgia Tech, Bolten registered a triple-double with career-highs in assists (65), kills (10), and digs (20) along with 2 blocks and 2 service aces.

AISHA THE KILLER
* Sophomore middle hitter Aisha Thornton has taken charge at the net for the Lady Seminoles in ACC play recording double-digit kill totals in 9 of 10 conference matches this season. Her only blemish is 5-kill performance versus Wake Forest. In her last 11 matches overall, she is still averaging 13.6 kills per contest. In ACC play, Thornton leads the team with 137 kills on a .359 hitting percentage and a 3.81 kills per game average.

TAKING THEIR TIME IN TULLY
* Recently, the Lady Seminoles and the Tar Heels have taken their time in meetings inside Tully Gym. FSU and UNC have met 3 times in Tallahassee since 1995 with each match going to 5 games.
Oct 13, '95 FSU 3-2 8-15, 15-10, 15-11, 10-15, 17-15 2:40
Oct 14, '95 UNC 3-2 13-15, 15-13, 15-5, 5-15, 10-15 2:17
Oct 25, '96 FSU 3-2 10-15, 15-8, 9-15, 15-7, 15-10 2:25

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 18 of its 19 victories this year. Overall, Florida State leads opponents 287-153 in block assists this season.

NO MERCY
* FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have outscored their opponents 1003-652 thus far this season. Florida State also holds a 663-358 edge over visitors to Tully Gym in twelve home matches.

DEFENSE DOMINATES
* The Lady Seminoles' defense was the difference Sunday at Clemson as FSU notched a season-high 108 digs. Holly Schneider totaled 22, Fiona Bolten 20, Kate Hemlepp 19, & Jennifer Werrick 16 in the triple-digit team effort.

OPPONENTS' BATTLE
* NC State picked up its 2nd conference win of the season with a 15-8, 14-16, 15-11, 12-15, 15-11 upset of North Carolina Tuesday night. Laura Kimbrell led the Wolfpack with 32 kills. Tori Seibert posted 25 kills for the Tar Heels.

HALLOWEEN HISTORY
* Florida State is 3-1 in the four matches it has played on Halloween in the the 1990s. FSU defeated Hofstra 3-0 and LaSalle 3-0 in Hempsted, NY, in 1992 and Florida 3-0 in Tallahassee in 1994. The Lady Seminoles fell to the Gators a year later 3-0 in Gainesville. UNC is FSU's first Halloween Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .281 hitting percentage. FSU's .281 mark was good enough for #12 in the nation this week. Individually, Aisha Thornton's .378 mark this week ranked her at #18 in the country. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging just over half of Florida State's hitting percentage at .154.

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.

NOLES ON TV

SUNSHINE NETWORK TALENT
* Andrew Monaco (play-by-play) and Lisa Gunning (color commentary) will call the match.

THE LAST OF FOUR
* FSU's match with North Carolina is the last of four scheduled to air on the Sunshine Network. FSU is 2-1 thus far this season on TV with its victories coming over Clemson and Wake Forest.

TAPE DELAY
* The Florida State-North Carolina match is currently scheduled to air tape delayed Sunday night at 10:00 pm and rebroadcast Tuesday morning at 1:00 am and 11:00 am.ACC

IN ATTENDANCE
12 HOME DATES
8/29    Boston College      465
8/30    Mississippi State   232
8/30    Purdue              235
9/10    Georgia Southern    371
9/12    Florida Atlantic    525
9/13    Georgia State       298
9/24    Florida           2,782
10/3    Clemson           1,127
10/5    Georgia Tech        321
10/16   South Alabama       182
10/17   Duke                471
10/19   Wake Forest         296
        TOTAL             7,253
        Average           604.4
8 ROAD DATES
        TOTAL             4,292
        Average           536.5
    
4 NEUTRAL DATES
        TOTAL               567
        Average           141.8
        
OVERALL
        TOTAL            12,112
        Average           504.7
ACC TOURNAMENT
NOVEMBER 21-23 * RALEIGH, NC
FRIDAY: FIRST ROUND
* #8-seed vs. #9-seed (Play -in) 10 am * #1 vs. Play-in winner 1 pm * #4 vs. #5 3 pm * #2 vs. #7 6 pm * #3 vs. #6 8 pm SATURDAY: SEMIFINALS * #1 / #8-9 winner vs. #4 / #5 winner 4 pm * #2 / #7 winner vs. #3 / #6 winner 6 pm SUNDAY: CHAMPIONSHIP * Semifinal winners TBA
BY THE NUMBERS
FSU & THE ACC
Individual OVERALL
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .378
3   Susan Hawks     .348
    
Kills per Game  
8   Aisha Thornton  3.47
Assists per Game
1   Fiona Bolten   12.98
Service Aces per Game
1   Holly Schneider 0.56
Blocks per Game
5   Susan Hawks     1.20
8   Aisha Thornton  1.05
Individual ACC ONLY
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .359
Kills per Game
7   Aisha Thornton  3.81
Digs per Game
3   Holly Schneider 3.95
Service Aces per Game
3   Holly Schneider 0.47    
Team OVERALL
Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State   .281
Kills per Game
3   Florida State 15.83
Assists per Game
3   Florida State 13.67
Team ACC ONLY
Hitting Percentage
3   Florida State   .235
Assists per Game
3   Florida State 14.34
ACC STANDINGS
Through Wednesday, October 29th
    School       Conf    Ovrll   Games
1   Maryland     10-0    19-0    57-14
2   Clemson       7-4    19-4    63-28
3   Duke          7-4    11-12   47-39
4   Florida State 6-4    19-5    60-21
5   Ga. Tech      6-5    13-13   49-47
6   N. Carolina   5-6    13-13   51-42
7   Virginia      4-6    16-11   54-42
8   NC State      2-9     8-18   36-65
9   Wake Forest   1-10    8-17   32-58

LOOKING AHEAD
Florida State will be out for revenge but Florida will not be welcoming as the Lady Seminoles travel to Gainesville to meet the Gators.

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA
Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 pm at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville

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