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Nov.1, 1997

Florida State Volleyball Downs NC State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The Lady Seminole volleyball team made Florida State perfect against the Wolfpack this weekend, defeating NC State in four sets by scores of 15-3, 10-15, 15-12 and 15-6 at Tully Gym this evening. With the victory, FSU improves to 21-5 and 8-4 in ACC play while NC State falls to 8-19 and 2-10 in league action. The FSU men's and women's swimming squads and the Seminole football team defeated the Wolfpack in earlier action this weekend.

Florida State came out ready to play in game one. After trailing 1-3 early, the Tribe went on to score 14 straight points for the victory. FSU started game two with a 5-0 lead, totaling 19 unanswered points, and didn't commit a hitting error in the match until the score was 5-1 in game two. However, the Wolfpack regrouped and came on to win game two. Game three saw NC State pull ahead late, but the Noles rallied and continued it into game four for the match victory.

"We always want to serve and block well and tonight we did that," FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said.

FSU outblocked NC State 17-12 and had seven service aces on the night. Jennifer Werrick led the way with 17 kills and added 10 digs, but both Holly Schneider and Susan Hawks hit over .300 and recorded double-doubles of their own. Schneider had 16 kills and a team-high 22 digs with a .317 hitting performance while Hawks hit .343 with 13 kills and 11 digs. Junior Sarah Rickertsen made her first start of the season, in place of the injured Kate Hemlepp, and contributed immediately. The junior hit .444 with five kills and had 12 digs, four blocks and two service aces.

"Sarah came in and did a wonderful job tonight," Reynaud said. "She took over the role we needed her to and did just great."

The Tribe, now in second place in the ACC, will take a break from league action and travel to Gainesville for a showdown with the Lady Gators. The match is set for Tuesday, November 4th at 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Center.

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