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Nov. 5, 1997

Florida State Closes Out its Home Schedule

Undefeated Maryland and Virginia are on Tap

FSU vs. Maryland * Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm

Tallahassee, Florida * Tully Gymnasium (2,500)

FSU vs. Virginia * Saturday, November 8 at 4:00 pm

Tallahassee, Florida * Tully Gymnasium (2,500)

FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles

* Record: 21-6.

* Conference: 8-4.

* Current Streak: Lost 1.

* Series vs. Maryland: The Lady Seminoles trail in the series 6-9.

Maryland has won 6 consecutive matches over FSU dating back to 1994.

* Series vs. Virginia: Florida State holds a 12-3 edge over the Cavaliers.

Virginia took 2 of its 3 series victories in1996.

LATELY . . .
3-1 WIN VS NORTH CAROLINA
Holly Schneider
Holly Schneider had 20 kills in victory over North Carolina.

FSU picked up its 20th win of the season with a 3-1 marathon match victory of UNC. Holly Schneider and Jennifer Werrick posted 20 kills each in the win.

3-1 WIN VS NC STATE

Schneider, Werrick, and Susan Hawks recorded double-doubles as Florida State cruised past the Wolfpack 3-1. Sarah Rickertsen and Susan Johnson had 4 blocks each in the victory.

0-3 LOSS AT FLORIDA

Season-lows in total kills, blocks, and hitting percentage sent FSU tumbling in a 0-3 loss at Florida. Holly Schneider's 9 kills & 8 digs led the team.

THE OPPONENTS
MARYLAND Terrapins

* Record: 22-0.

* Conference: 13-0.

* Streak: Won 22.

* Coach: Janice Kruger, 10th season at Maryland.

* Standouts: Elizabeth Efron (4.26 kpg, .314 h%) and Eden Kroeger (12.58 apg, 3.89 dpg) lead the Terrapins.

VIRGINIA Cavaliers

* Record: 16-14.

* Conference: 4-9.

* Streak: Lost 3.

* Coach: Melissa Aldrich Shelton, 3rd year at Virginia.

* Standouts: The Cavaliers are led by Jessica Parsons (1.23 bpg) and Amy Mitchell (3.04 dpg).

ROUND 1: MARYLAND

After FSU took game one, Maryland came alive at the net and on defense outblocking FSU 12-6 and outdigging the Lady Seminoles 87-70 to hand Florida State a 3-1 defeat in College Park. Aisha Thornton tallied 13 kills, the only double-digit kill total for Florida State.

ROUND 1: VIRGINIA

Laura Arnold's 10-kill, 12-dig performance helped lead the Lady Seminoles past UVa 3-1 fortheir fourth conference win of the season. Susan Hawks, Kate Hemlepp, and Aisha Thorntonadded 17, 16, and 12 kills, respectively. Holly Schneider led the defense with 13 digs in the victory.

NOLE NOTES THE ONLY UNDEFEATED

* Maryland is the only undefeated team remaining in Division I. At 22-0, the Terrapins have had their share of close calls, however. In their last six matches, five have gone to five games (3-2 vs. Clemson and Georgia Tech twice each and vs. Duke). Florida State defeated the last undefeated team to visit Tully Gym as the Lady Seminoles knocked off a 14-0 Clemson squad 3-1 on October 3rd.

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's impressive performance last weekend earned her her second ACC Rookie of the Week award. She tallied a career-high 20 kills and 18 digs against UNC and added 17 kills and 10 digs versus NC State Saturday for her 3rd double-double in 6 matches of action. In 5 ACC contests, Werrick is averaging 15.4 kills & 12.0 digs per match and 4.1 kills & 3.2 digs per game.

PLAY THE PERCENTAGES

* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .268 hitting percentage. FSU's .275 mark (prior to the Florida match) was good enough for #13 in the nation this week. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging almost 100 points less at .171.

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 this week at #16 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 islisted as 2,500.

BOLTEN'S BACK

* After missing six matches with a fracture in her right hand, junior setter Fiona Bolten 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 conference 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.

AT THE NET

* Florida's aggressive offense moved around the FSU block Tuesday holding the Tribe without a block in the match, an uncharacteristic performance for the Garnet & Gold. The Lady Seminoles have come up big at the net in victories throughout the 1997 season registering more block assists than their opponent in 19 of their 21 wins this year. Overall, Florida State leads opponents 319-198 in block assists this season.

NO MERCY

* Florida State has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have outscored their opponents 1125-783 thus far this season. Florida State also holds a 772-444 edge over visitors to Tully Gym in fourteen home matches.

THE OPPONENTS' BATTLE

* Maryland and Virginia battled last Tuesday with the Terrapins taking a 3-0 victory for the second time this season. Last week's ACC Player of the Week, Elizabeth Efron, tallied 15 kills to lead Maryland in the 15-5, 15-4, 15-10 win in College Park. Kim Adophs and Lindy Forsberg totaled 12 digs each for the Terrapin defense. Jessica Parsons and Claire Folga notched 7 kills each to lead Virginia. The Cavaliers hit on .066 (26 kils, 19 errors, 106 attempts) in the defeat while the Terrapins posted a .313 hitting percentage off 49 kills & 14 errors in 112 attempts.

CONFERENCE SWEEPS

* Florida State looks to sweep its third ACC opponent this season when it meets Virginia on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. The Lady Seminoles have already completed regular season sweeps of Clemson and NC State. FSU swept 3 ACC opponents in 1996.

FSU DOUBLE-DOUBLES

LAURA ARNOLD
    @ Virginia      10 kills    12 digs
    Duke            11 kills    20 digs
FIONA BOLTEN
    Mississippi State       42 assists  10 digs
    vs. Eastern Michigan    49 assists  16 digs
    Florida Atlantic        31 assists  13 digs
    Georgia State           41 assists  11 digs
    @ Florida Atlantic      44 assists  10 digs
    Florida                 40 assists  11 digs
    @ North Carolina        36 assists  10 digs
    @ Georgia Tech          48 assists  14 digs
    @ Clemson               10 kills,   65 assists, 20 digs
    North Carolina          75 assists  15 digs
    North Carolina State    50 assists  14 digs
SUSAN HAWKS
    North Carolina State    13 kills    11 digs
KATE HEMLEPP
    Clemson                 14 kills    10 digs
    @ Clemson               14 kills    19 digs
    North Carolina          11 kills    10 digs
LATOYA PRESBERRY
    Purdue                  11 kills    10 digs
    @ Michigan              15 kills    12 digs
    vs. Eastern Michigan    18 kills    22 digs
    Georgia State           10 kills    11 digs
    Florida                 12 kills    10 digs
    @ North Carolina        15 kills    13 digs
HOLLY SCHNEIDER
    @ Michigan              10 kills    18 digs
    vs. Eastern Michigan    11 kills    12 digs
    Clemson                 12 kills    14 digs
    Georgia Tech            12 kills    21 digs
    Wake Forest             18 kills    11 digs
    @ Georgia Tech          19 kills    21 digs
    @ Clemson               18 kills    22 digs
    North Carolina          20 kills    21 digs
    North Carolina State    16 kills    22 digs
JENNIFER WERRICK
    @ Clemson               13 kills    16 digs
    North Carolina          20 kills    18 digs
    North Carolina State    17 kills    10 digs

BY THE NUMBERS
FSU in the ACC
Individual 
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .368
3   Susan Hawks     .353

Kills per Game   
8   Aisha Thornton  3.40
9   Holly Schneider 3.26

Assists per Game
1   Fiona Bolten        13.31

Service Aces per Game
1   Holly Schneider 0.53

Blocks per Game
4   Susan Hawks     1.21
8   Aisha Thornton  1.05

Individual ACC ONLY
Hitting Percentage
3   Aisha Thornton  .326
6   Susan Hawks     .308

Digs per Game
3   Holly Schneider 4.20

Service Aces per Game
4   Holly Schneider 0.43    

Team OVERALL
Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State       .275

Kills per Game       
2   Florida State       16.08
Assists per Game
3   Florida State       13.67

Team ACC ONLY
Kills per Game
1   Florida State       16.61

Assists per Game
2   Florida State       14.61

ACC STANDINGS
Through Wednesday, November 5th
    School          Conf    Ovrll   Games
1   Maryland        13-0    22-0    66-18
2   Florida State   8-4     21-6    66-26
3   Duke            7-4     13-12   51-39
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        4-9     16-14   54-51
8   NC State        2-10    9-19    40-68
9   Wake Forest     1-10    9-17    35-58
LOOKING AHEAD

The Lady Seminoles look to secure 2nd place heading into the ACC Tournament with wins in its final 2 conference games, both on the road.

FLORIDA STATE AT WAKE FOREST

Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 pm

FLORIDA STATE AT DUKE

Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 pm

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


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