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Aug. 29, 1997

Lady Seminoles Win Season Opener In FSU Volleyball Classic

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The Lady Seminoles extended their season-opener winning streak to 12 years with a three-set victory, 15-7, 15-4, 15-11, over Boston College in the opening round of the Florida State Classic. Purdue defeated Mississippi State 15-4, 15-11, 15-12, in the tournament's first match.

FSU junior middle hitter Susan Hawks' .571 hitting percentage to lead all players was just one highlight of the evening for the Tribe. Junior LaToya Presberry led all players with 12 kills while sophomore Aisha Thornton turned in a .556 hitting performance, but it was Hawks who really got things started for the Lady Seminoles.

"Susan (Hawks) really worked hard in the weight room this summer and it shows in her blocking, her serve, just everything," FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. "This is always the way we thought she could play, and thought she would play when given the chance."

Hawks played in just 12 matches last season after being sidelined with injuries much of the year. She tallied one solo block and five blocks assists along with teammate Holly Schneider in tonight's win.

Florida State seemed to start out slow in each of the three games, but the squad's 19 total blocks (opponents had three) allowed the Tribe to finish each game strong.

"It seems we didn't start off real sharp, but that's okay, as long as we end up sharp," Reynaud said.

Four matches remain in the FSU Classic with Florida State facing Mississippi State at Noon and Purdue at 7:00 in the nightcap. Boston College will battle Purdue at 2:00 pm and meet Mississippi State at 5:00 pm.

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