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Dec. 4, 1997

Seminoles to Make First NCAA Tournament Appearance since 1993

NCAA Tournament, Central Region, Opening Rounds

FSU vs. South Florida *                  Friday, December 5 at 7:00 pm
With a win Friday, FSU at Florida *      Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 pm
* O'Connell Center (12,000)

Season Records

Record: 25-8. Conference: 11-5, 2nd. Current Streak: Lost 1. NCAA Tournament: The Lady Seminoles are just 1-8 in their 8 previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State's only victory came in 1993 when it defeated DePaul 3-1 in Tallahassee.

Lately...

3-2 Win Over Virginia (ACC Tournament) FSU tallied a season-high 97 kills and 100 digs in its win in the opening round of the ACC Tournament in Raleigh. Fiona Bolten broke her own FSU program record with 81 assists in the match. Holly Schneider and Susan Hawks tallied 22 kills each. Bolten and Christy Minko led the defense with career-bests 24 and 17 digs, respectively. 1-3 Loss vs. Georgia Tech (ACC Tournament) Georgia Tech took advantage of the Lady Seminoles' struggles to take an early lead and then held on to defeat FSU 3-1 and eliminate the Noles from the ACC Tournament in the semifinals. Holly Schneider (14k, 14d) and Jennifer Werrick (13k, 15d) each tallied double-doubles in the loss.

The Opponents

South Florida Bulls Record: 25-8. Conference: 15-1 in Conference USA. Streak: Won 1. Coach: Perri Hankins, 7th year at USF. Series History: FSU leads 31-2. The Noles' 31 wins over USF are the most over any FSU opponent. USF won the last meeting, 3-1, in Tampa in 1995. Florida Gators Record: 31-3. Conference: 14-0 in the SEC. Streak: Lost 1. Coach: Mary Wise, 7th season at UF. Series History: FSU leads the series 21-20 (since 1976). Florida has won 11 of the 14 meetings in the 1990s in both this year.

Nole Notes

Postseason Inexperience

Head coach Cecile Reynaud and assistant Sherry Clouet are the only members of the 1997 team with experience in the NCAA Tournament. Reynaud has coached 8 squads to the Tournament. Clouet was a member of the 1992 team which participated in first round action held, ironically, in Gainesville.

Bullish Opponent

Florida State will meet South Florida for the first time since 1995 this Friday night. The Lady Seminoles and the Bulls have a storied past, mainly in favor of Florida State. FSU's 31 wins over USF are the most over any opponent in program history. USF, however, is making its 4th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past 5 years this weekend. FSU and USF met on the court just 5 years ago in Gainesville. The Lady Seminoles swept the Bulls in the season-opening Gator Invitational enroute to a 26-8 record in 1992 and an NCAA Tournament bid to face the Gators in Gainesville.

First In Five

A 3-2 victory at Duke to end the regular season and a 3-2 win over Virginia in the first round of the ACC Tournament were the first five-game matches for the Lady Seminoles this season. In general, 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 of FSU's 16 regular season ACC matches lasted over 2 hours including a 2:40 battle with UNC. Florida State's quickest match was a 53-minute rout of Georgia Southern in September.

Defense Down One

FSU's back row will be without the help of sophomore defensive specialist Courtney Dipert this weekend. Dipert injured her knee during practice prior to the ACC Tournament. Surgery to repair the damage was performed this week.

Rookie Awards Pile Up

Florida State's freshman class wowed the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Outside hitters Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick garnered 6 of the 12 ACC Rookie of the Week awards this year. Both were named to the conference's All-Freshman team and Hemlepp got the nod as the ACC Rookie of the Year.

A Look At The Poll

The Lady Seminoles dropped out of the latest AVCA/USA Today Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday. FSU has received votes in nine of the fourteen 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 #19. Both Florida and South Florida received votes in the latest poll. At 31-3, the Gators are currently ranked #8.

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, Cecile Reynaud has recorded 18 20-win seasons and is 564-238 overall as FSU's head coach.

Bolten Breaks Record Again

Fiona Bolten broke her own FSU program record for assists in a match when she recorded 81 against Virginia in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. Bolten had broken the Florida State record earlier this season with 75 against North Carolina on October 31st. Jennifer McCall held the previous record of 74 against South Florida in 1993. Bolten also registered the only 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 11 of her last 12 ACC matches including a season-best 22-kill performance against Virginia in the ACC Tournament. During the 12-match stretch, she is averaging 14.8 kills and 15.8 digs per contest.

Climbing The Charts

Several Lady Seminoles have entered the FSU individual season record charts with their impressive performances this year. Holly Schneider is #2 in service aces with 55 and is 10th in both digs and kill attempts. Fiona Bolten's 1183 assists is the 5th best assist total in FSU history. Aisha Thornton & Susan Hawks look to hold to the #3 and #5 spots, respectively, with hitting percentages of .358 and .351 in '97.

At The Net

After an uncharacteristic blocking performance in its last outing in Gainesville, FSU has averaged almost 10 team blocks including a 13.5 block assist per match mark over its last six 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 25 wins this year. Overall, Florida State leads opponents 400-275 in block assists through 33 matches.

Seminole Support

Florida State topped the 1,000 mark in attendance twice this season. 2,782 fans braved a standing room only crowd for FSU's match with Florida in September setting a new attendance record for the Lady Seminoles in Tully Gym. 1,127 fans returned to watch Florida State defeat Clemson 10 days later.. UF won the only NCAA meeting between the 2 schools, 3-0 in Gainesville in 1992.

Eleven Makes Two

Florida State swept four conference opponents this year enroute to its most ACC wins (11) in its 7th season in the conference and its second place regular season finish. The Lady Seminoles completed regular season sweeps of Clemson, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest in 1997. FSU also finished second in the ACC in the 1992 with a 6-1 regular season conference mark.

Consistent Contributors

Only two players have competed in every game of every match for the Lady Seminoles this season. Senior Christy Minko has tallied 271 digs, third-best on the team, during her 116 games of action. Junior Holly Schneider leads the team with 390 kills, 55 service aces, and 386 digs during her 116-game run. Dating back to 1996, Schneider has now played in 204 consecutive FSU games.

No Mercy

Florida State has had little mercy for its opponents in 1997. The Lady Seminoles have outscored their foes 1329-963 thus far this season.

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.

Honors & Awards

All-ACC 2nd Team Fiona Bolten, Susan Hawks, and Holly Schneider ACC Rookie Of The Year Kate Hemlepp All-ACC Freshman Team Kate Hemlepp and Jennifer Werrick 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 September 29 - Oct. 5 Kate Hemlepp, Rookie of the Week
week of October 13-19 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week
week of October 27 - Nov. 2 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week
week of November 3-9 Jennifer Werrick, Rookie of the Week ACC Tournament Holly Schneider, All-Tournament Team

By The Numbers

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 vs. Virginia 81 assists 24 digs vs. Georgia Tech 39 assists 13 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 vs. Virginia 15 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 vs. Virginia 22 kills 19 digs vs. Georgia Tech 14 kills 14 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 vs. Virginia 13 kills 16 digs vs. Georgia Tech 13 kills 15 digs

FSU In The NCAAS

Year Opponent Site Result 1983 Tennessee H L 15-12, 15-12, 1-15, 10-15, 8-15 1985 Georgia A L 6-15, 1-15, 11-15 1987 Texas A L 6-15, 11-15, 9-15 1988 Colorado St. H L 3-15, 5-15, 15-9, 7-15 1989 California H L 15-11, 11-15, 13-15, 13-15 1990 Kentucky A L 12-15, 10-15, 15-10, 10-15 1992 Florida A L 9-15, 3-15, 10-15 1993 DePaul H W 15-8, 7-15, 15-10, 15-13 Pacific H L 6-15, 17-15, 6-15, 9-15

FSU 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 3 Florida State 15.78 Assists per Game 5 Florida State 13.62 Service Aces per Game 3 Florida State 1.87 Blocks per Game 5 Florida State 2.25 ACC Standings FINAL Regular Season Standings School Conf Overall Games 1 Maryland 16-0 26-1 80-23 2 Florida State 11-5 25-8 80-34 3 Georgia Tech 10-6 19-15 70-57 4 Clemson 10-6 26-6 87-39 5 Duke 9-7 15-16 61-53 6 North Carolina 6-10 14-17 60-59 7 Virginia 6-10 18-16 62-59 8 NC State 3-13 12-23 51-82 9 Wake Forest 1-15 8-24 39-79
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