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Nov. 22, 1997

FSU Volleyball Falls to Georgia Tech in ACC Semifinals

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Lady Seminole volleyball team struggled in its Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal match and was eliminated by #3-seed Georgia Tech in four games, 14-16, 10-15, 15-5, 6-15. The loss dropped Florida State to 25-8 overall. Georgia Tech improved to 19-14 and will meet #4-seed Clemson, who upset top-seed Maryland in its semifinal, in Sunday's championship match.

Florida State jumped out to an early first game lead, but up 14-7 went cold. Georgia Tech rallied for 9 points to take game one, 16-14, then opened up the second game with a big lead. The Lady Seminoles closed to within four points, but Georgia Tech closed out FSU 15-10 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Five FSU service aces and an impressive defensive effort from junior Holly Schneider helped the Lady Seminoles rebound for a 15-5 win in game three. Georgia Tech finally fought off FSU in the fourth game for a 3-1 match victory.

"Georgia Tech's offense was very dominating, particularly from the right side," said head coach Cecile Reynaud following the match. "We just couldn't seem to slow them down."

The Yellow Jackets hit .260 in the match, while FSU hit a dismal .114. Individually for the Lady Seminoles, Schneider tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs. Jennifer Werrick also notched a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs.

At 25-8, Florida State now awaits word from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. At-large bids to the tournament will be announced on Sunday, November 30. First round action begins at campus sites on Thursday, December 4th.

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