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Nov. 18, 1997

FSU Volleyball Release

This Weekend...


#2-Seed Florida State Aims For ACC Title In Conference Tournament At Raleigh
#2 FSU vs. #7 Virginia * Friday, November 21 at 6:00 pm
#2 FSU vs. #3 Georgia Tech/#6 North Carolina * Saturday, November 22 at 6:00 pm
ACC Tournament Championship * Sunday, November 23 at 3:30 pm

Raleigh, North Carolina * Reynolds Coliseum (5,000)
Championship Match Live on the Sunshine Network

FLORIDA STATE Lady Seminoles
* Record: 24-7. * Conference: 11-5. * Current Streak: Won 3. * ACC Tournament: The Lady Seminoles are 7-6 in 6 ACC Tournaments. FSU was eliminated by host Georgia Tech in the opening round of the '96 tourney. FSU's last tournament victory was in '95.

LATELY

3-0 WIN AT WAKE FOREST

Florida State rolled past the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem 3-0 behind a .727 hitting %age from Susan Hawks & 11 kills from Holly Schneider.

3-2 WIN AT DUKE

An emotional 3-2 victory propelled FSU to the #2 finish in the regular season conference standings at 11-5. Four players registered double-doubles. Aisha Thornton had a career-high 8 block assists.

ACC TOURNAMENT

NOVEMBER 21-23 * RALEIGH, NC
FRIDAY: FIRST ROUND
* #8 NC State vs. #9 Wake Forest (Play-in)  10 am
* #1 Maryland vs. Play-in winner             1 pm
* #4 Clemson vs. #5 Duke                     3 pm
* #2 Florida State vs. #7 Virginia           6 pm
* #3 Georgia Tech vs. #6 North Carolina      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                          3:30
NOLE NOTES FIRST IN FIVE

* Sunday's 13-15, 15-7, 15-7, 14-16, 15-10 victory at Duke to clinch the runner-up position in the ACC was the first five-game match for the Lady Seminoles this season. For the most part,Florida State has made quick work of its opponents game-wise with 14 sweeps and nine 3-1 victories. FSU has, however, played several marathon matches. 11 FSU conference matches have lasted over 2 hours including a 2:40 battle with UNC. The Lady Seminoles' quickest match was a 53-minute rout of Georgia Southern in September.

HEMLEPP'S BACK

* FSU rookie outside hitter Kate Hemlepp returned to the starting lineup last Saturday against Wake Forest. She had been sidelined since the UNC match with patellar tendonitis in her right knee.

WERRICK ROLLS ON

* Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week Jennifer Werrick continues to post impressive performances against conference opponents adding double-doubles against Maryland and Virginia over the weekend. In 7 ACC contests, Werrick is averaging 15.0 kills & 12.3 digs permatch and 4.0 kills & 3.3 digs per game.

ROOKIE AWARDS PILE UP * Florida State's freshman class has wowed the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Outside hitters Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick have garnered 6 of the 12 ACC Rookie of the Week awards this year.

A LOOK AT THE POLL

* The Lady Seminoles are currently #31 in the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. FSU has received votes in eight of the thirteen weeks this season, peaking at #30 prior to its match with Florida in late September. Maryland was the only ACC team in the Top 25 this week at #16.

ADD A THOUSAND

* Florida State once again topped the 1,000 mark in attendance on Friday, October 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 marshal in here," said head coach Cecile Reynaud. Tully Gym's capacity is listed as 2,500.

TOPPING TWENTY

* With its victory over North Carolina on Halloween Night, Florida State earned its twentieth win of the season. It marked the first time since 1993 that the Lady Seminoles had reached the 20-win plateau. In her 22 years as head coach, Cecile Reynaud has recorded 18 20-win seasons. Reynaud is now 563-237 overall at Florida State.

BOLTEN BREAKS ASSIST RECORD

* In just her third match back from injury, Fiona Bolten broke a Florida State record for assistsin a match with 75 against North Carolina on Halloween night. Jennifer McCall held the previous record of 74 against South Florida in 1993. Bolten also registered the first triple-double by a Lady Seminole this season with then career-highs in assists (65), kills (10), and digs (20) along with 2 blocks and 2 service aces in FSU's 3-1 victory at Clemson on October 26th.

SCHNEIDER TAKES CHARGE

* Junior Holly Schneider has taken charge on both offense and defense for the Lady Seminoles lately. Schneider has posted double-doubles in 9 of her last 10 ACC matches notching 20 or more digs in half. During the 10-match stretch, she is averaging 14.2 kills and 15.6 digs per contest.

AT THE NET

* After an uncharacteristic blocking performance at Florida, FSU has averaged almost 10 team blocks including a 14.25 block assist per match mark over its last four conference matches.Throughout the 1997 season, the Lady Seminoles have come up big at the net in victories registering more block assists than their opponent in 22 of their 24 wins this year. Overall,Florida State leads opponents 376-235 in block assists through 31 matches.

PLAY THE PERCENTAGES

* Florida State is making each kill count this season. Thus far, the Lady Seminoles have a .270 hitting percentage. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging almost 100 points less than FSU at .172. In the ACC, Florida State leads its foes .243-.198.

NO MERCY

* Florida State has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have outscored their opponents 1215-850 thus far this season. Florida State also holds a 862-511 edge over visitors to Tully Gym in 16 home matches.

ELEVEN MAKES TWO

* Florida State swept four conference opponents this season enroute to its most ACC wins (11) in its 7 seasons in the conference and its #2 seed heading into the ACC Tournament. The Lady Seminoles completed regular season sweeps of Clemson, NC State, and Virginia, and Wake Forest in 1997. FSU was the second seed in the 1992 conference tournament (6-1 ACC regular season).

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTORS

* Only two players have competed in every game of every match for the Lady Seminoles this season. Senior Christy Minko has tallied 241 digs, second-best on the team, during her 107 games of action. Junior Holly Schneider leads the team with 354 kills, 54 service aces, and 353 digs during her 107-game run. Dating back to 1996, Schneider has now played in 195 consecutive FSU games.

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.

IT TAKES TWENTY
* After cruising through games 2 and 3 for 15-5, 15-6 victories, Florida
State needed 20 points to put away the Clemson in the fourth and final game on October 26th.  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

FSU in the ACC Tournament

1991: 3RD PLACE
After a 2-5 ACC regular season, FSU (15-14 overall, regular season) upset North Carolina 3-0 in
the1st round before falling to host Virginia 3-1.

1992: RUNNER-UP
Entering the tournament as the number two seed, the Lady Seminoles (24-6,
6-1 ACC) swept Virginia in the first round and defeated host Maryland 3-2 before fall to Duke in the
Championship in five games.

1993: RUNNER-UP
Florida State (21-8, 9-5 ACC) swept North Carolina and Clemson enroute to
its second consecutive championship match, but were defeated once again by the Blue
Devils, the tournament host, 3-0.

1994: 3RD PLACE
The Lady Seminoles, 15-13 in the regular season & 7-9 in the conference,
ousted Maryland in four games in the opening round before Duke knocked FSU out for the third
straight season.

1995: 3RD PLACE
FSU, the #7 seed, upset tournament host and #2 seeded Clemson in the
opening round 15-8, 6-15,6-15, 16-14, 15-13, but fell in the semifinals to Maryland in three games.

1996: 5TH PLACE
Hoping to upset its second consecutive #2-seed and tournament host, Florida
State fell short as Georgia Tech handed the Lady Seminoles a 3-0 first round defeat in Atlanta.
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
    @ Duke                  64 assists  14 digs
SUSAN HAWKS
    North Carolina State    13 kills    11 digs
    @ Duke                  21 kills    10 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
    Maryland                14 kills    20 digs
    Virginia                11 kills    11 digs
    @ Duke                  19 kills    16 digs
JENNIFER WERRICK
    @ Clemson               13 kills    16 digs
    North Carolina          20 kills    18 digs
    North Carolina State    17 kills    10 digs
    Maryland                15 kills    12 digs
    Virginia                13 kills    14 digs
    @ Duke                  14 kills    18 digs

HONORS & AWARDS

FLORIDA STATE CLASSIC
Susan Hawks, Most Valuable Player
Fiona Bolten & LaToya Presberry, All Tournament Team

ALL-SPORT(R)/MICHIGAN CHALLENGE
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
week of NOVEMBER 3-9
                     Jennifer Werrick,  Rookie of the Week

BY THE NUMBERS - FLORIDA STATE and the ACC

Individual OVERALL
Hitting Percentage
1   Aisha Thornton  .366
3   Susan Hawks     .350  
  
Kills per Game  
8   Holly Schneider 3.31
9   Aisha Thornton  3.23

Assists per Game
1   Fiona Bolten   12.96

Digs per Game
6   Holly Schneider 3.30

Service Aces per Game
1   Holly Schneider 0.50

Blocks per Game
4   Susan Hawks     1.17
8   Aisha Thornton  1.07
    
TEAM OVERALL

Hitting Percentage
1   Florida State       .270

Kills per Game
1   Maryland        16.53
3   Florida State       15.78

Assists per Game
1   Clemson     14.39
5   Florida State       13.62

Service Aces per Game
1   Georgia Tech        2.04
3   Florida State       1.87

Blocks per Game
1   Clemson     3.33
5   Florida State       2.25
ACC STANDINGS
Through Tuesday, November 18th
    School         Conf    Overall Games
1   Maryland       16-0    25-0    75-20
2   Florida State  11-5    24-7    76-31
3   Georgia Tech   10-6    17-14   63-51
4   Clemson        10-6    23-6    78-36
5   Duke            9-7    15-15   60-50
6   N. Carolina     6-10   14-16   58-56
7   Virginia        6-10   18-15   60-56
8   NC State        3-13   11-22   48-77
9   Wake Forest     1-15    8-23   37-76
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