Nov. 3, 1997
Lady Seminoles Roll Into Gainesville To Battle Nationally-Ranked Gators
Florida State at Florida Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm Gainesville, Florida * O'Connell Center (12,000) FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles * Record: 21-5. * Conference: 8-4 in the ACC. * Current Streak: Won 3. * Lately: The Lady Seminoles moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the ACC with victories over UNC Friday & NC State Saturday. Fiona Bolton, Holly Schneider, and Jennifer Werrick recorded double-doubles in each win. FLORIDA Gators * Record: 23-1. * Conference: 11-0 in the SEC. * Current Streak: Won 13. * Coach: Mary Wise, 7th season at UF. * 1996 Postseason: NCAA Final Four. * Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2. * Standouts: MB Nina Foster, OH Aurymar Rodriguez, and S Nikki Shade lead the Gators. * Lately: UF became the only team perfect in SEC play with 3-1 & 3-0 wins over South Carolina over the weekend. UF has lost just 2 games in their 11 matches since meeting FSU on September 24th.
THE SERIES Florida State leads the overall series with the Gators 21-19 dating back to 1976. Florida, however, has been closing the gap throughout the 90s winning 10 of 13 meetings this decade including 5 straight regular season matchups. FSU's last victory over the Gators was a 15-9, 15-13, 16-14 win in Tallahassee in 1994.
AGAINST UF A look at how current Lady Seminoles have fared against Florida.
LAURA ARNOLD * 1994 A) 1 dig. H) 6 digs. * 1995 H & A) Did not play. * 1996 A) 8 kills, 8 digs. H) 10 kills, 10 digs. * 1997 H) Did not play. SUSAN HAWKS * 1995 H) Did not play. A) Limited action. * 1996 A & H) Did not play. * 1997 H) 9 kills, 3 blocks. SUSAN JOHNSON * 1994 A) 2 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks. H) 2 aces, 2 digs, 1 block. * 1995 H) 4 kills, 3 digs, 4 blocks. A) 1 kill, 3 digs, 1 block. * 1996 A & H) Did not play. * 1997 H) Did not play. CHRISTY MINKO * 1995 H) 1 kill, 5 digs. A) 2 digs. * 1996 A) 1 kill, 2 digs. H) Limited action. * 1997 H) 9 digs. SARAH RICKERTSEN * 1995 H) 3 digs. A) 1 kill, 6 digs, 1 block. * 1996 A & H) Limited action. * 1997 H) 2 digs. HOLLY SCHNEIDER * 1995 H) 15 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks. A) 4 kills, 6 digs. * 1996 A) 10 kills, 2 digs. H) 10 kills, 7 digs. * 1997 H) 14 kills, 3 digs, 1 block. AISHA THORNTON * 1996 A) 8 kills, 3 blocks. H) 11 kills, 1 block. * 1997 H) 8 kills, 4 blocks.
IN ROUND ONE... * The Lady Seminoles were handed their first loss of the season on September 24th falling to the Gators 11-15, 11-15, 10-15 in front of a record crowd in Tully Gym. Holly Schneider tallied 14 kills to lead the FSU attack. LaToya Presberry & Fiona Bolten added double-doubles with 12 kills & 10 digs and 40 assists & 11 digs respectively.
HEMLEPP SIDELINED * FSU rookie outside hitter Kate Hemlepp will be sidelined indefinitely due to injury. Hemlepp injured her right knee during Friday's UNC match. It was to be reevaluated by doctors Monday afternoon.
WERRICK ROLLS ON * Jennifer Werrick continued to post impressive numbers over the weekend earning her second ACC Rookie of the Week award. She tallied a career-high 20 kills and 18 digs against North Carolina and added 17 kills and 10 digs versus NC State Saturday for her 3rd double-double in 5 matches of action. In 5 ACC contests, Werrick is averaging 15.4 kills & 12.0 digs per match and 4.05 kills & 3.16 digs per game.
PLAY THE PERCENTAGES * Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .275 hitting percentage. FSU's .281 mark was good enough for #12 in the nation last week. Individually, Aisha Thornton's .378 mark last week ranked her at #18 in the country. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging over 100 points less at .165.
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 was the only ACC team in the Top 25 last week at #17 and the only 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. 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.
BOLTEN'S BACK * After missing six matches with a fracture in her right hand, junior setter Fiona Bolten has returned to the Lady Seminole lineup with a bang. Following a 48-assist effort at Georgia Tech on October 24th, Bolten registered a triple-double with career-highs in assists (65), kills (10), and digs (20) along with 2 blocks and 2 service aces at Clemson. Last Friday, Bolten again bested her career-best assist total with 75 against the Tar Heels.
SCHNEIDER TAKES CHARGE * Junior Holly Schneider has taken charge on both offense and defense for the Lady Seminoles lately. Schneider is averaging 18.2 kills and 19.4 digs per contest over her last 5 matches including a 20-kill, 21-dig performance against North Carolina last Friday.
ALMOST EVEN * The numbers were almost even, except on the scoreboard, during the Lady Seminoles' match with North Carolina Friday. No final statistical category differed by more than 4. Game by game...
Kills 1-2-3-T Err 1-2-3-T Att 1-2-3-T Blk 1-2-3-T Digs 1-2-3-T UNC 23-47-67-85 11-16-25-34 59-116-173-223 3-7-7-12 28-47-69-88 FSU 22-46-67-87 7-17-25-34 61-118-174-227 4-5-8-13 24-51-73-90
DEFENSE DOMINATES * The Lady Seminoles' defense played a key role in victories over Clemson and North Carolina over the past 10 days. FSU notched a season-high 108 digs against the Tigers on October 24th then posted 90 against the Tar Heels on Halloween. Holly Schneider totaled 43, Fiona Bolten tallied 35, and Jennifer Werrick recorded 34 during the 2 matches.
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 20 of its 21 victories this year. Overall, Florida State leads opponents 319-183 in block assists this season.
NO MERCY * FSU has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have outscored their opponents 1112-738 thus far this season. Florida State also holds a 772-444 edge over visitors to Tully Gym in 14 home matches.
HONORS & AWARDS FLORIDA STATE CLASSIC August 29-30, Tallahassee, FL Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player Fiona Bolten & LaToya Presberry, All Tournament TeamALL-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 SEPT. 29 - OCT. 5 Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week week of OCTOBER 13-19 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week week of OCT. 27 - NOV. 2 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week
BY THE NUMBERS FSU & THE ACC (Through Matches of Sunday, October 25th) 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 Monday, November 3rd School Conf Overall Games 1 Maryland 12-0 21-0 63-18 2 Florida State 8-4 21-5 66-23 3 Duke 7-4 13-12 50-39 4 Clemson 8-5 20-5 68-31 5 Georgia Tech 7-6 14-14 54-50 6 N. Carolina 5-7 13-13 52-45 7 Virginia 4-8 16-13 54-48 8 NC State 2-10 9-19 40-68 9 Wake Forest 1-10 8-17 32-58