Reynaud to be inducted into USA Volleyball HOF

Currently serving as the national governing body’s board of directors chair, Dr. Cecile Reynaud was honored by USA Volleyball as the former FSU head coach was chosen for the 2020 USA Volleyball Hall of Fame as the Bertha Lucas All-Time Great Coach (Pioneer Division).

Reynaud, who retired from coaching in 2001, has stayed involved at Florida State as mentor for current student-athletes and serves as a color analyst for the team on ACC Network Extra broadcasts. Reynaud also served as an interim assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator at Florida State from 1994-95.

It will be the third time that Reynaud is recognized at the annual Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet, as she was given the George J. Fischer award in 1989 for her contributions to the sport of volleyball, and earned the Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award in 2016, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed by USA Volleyball.

From 1976-2001, Reynaud guided Florida State to 635 victories. At the time of her retirement, she was just one of eight active coaches to register more than 600 wins. During her Seminoles career, she picked up four conference coach of the year awards and seven conference championships (six Metro Conference and one ACC). Overall, her teams competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments.

In 1989, Reynaud received the USA Volleyball George J. Fischer Award for her contributions to the sport of volleyball and took home the AVCA South Region Coach of the Year honor the same year. In 2000-2001, Reynaud’s Seminoles earned the Director’s Cup for Service, given annually to the team that performs the most community service hours.

Her career spanned international competition as well. In 1983, she served as an assistant coach for the World University Games in Canada, and went on to coach the United States Junior National Team. Highly respected by her peers, she held the honorable position of Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Additionally, she served on both the USA Volleyball and AVCA Board of Directors and once served as the AVCA President. Reynaud was team leader for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Team, followed by serving in the same role and as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s National Team World Grand Prix trip.

Also an accomplished author and speaker, Reynaud has written numerous books, including The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Vol. I + II, She Can Coach!, and Coaching Volleyball: Techniques and Tactics.

(photo courtesy of FSU athletics)

FSU track off to good start at Vanderbilt Invitational

Isaac Grimes continued his winning ways in the long jump and the women’s distance medley relay team cruised to victory Friday night as the nationally-ranked Florida State indoor track & field teams kicked off the two-day Vanderbilt Invitational.

Grimes recorded his second long jump victory in as many starts, this time landing a new indoor personal-best. One week after the junior transfer from Chadron State set the facility record at Clemson, he sailed 7.96 meters (26-1.75) to turn back teammate and fellow transfer Fabian Edoki.

The Noles authored a 1-2-8 finish in the event, despite some technical struggles.

“We’re getting close to doing something big with Grimes,” said FSU jumps coach Keith Herston. “On his last jump he didn’t even sniff the board.”

The reigning ACC Field Performer of the Week recorded his personal-best – the No. 2 mark in the nation – in the fifth round and recorded a mark of 7.93 meters on his final attempt, without getting on the takeoff board. Still, he moved into a share of fourth on FSU’s all-time list, alongside 2015 All-American and NFL star Jalen Ramsey.

Edoki, who won the Vanderbilt Invitational last season as a junior while competing for Middle Tennessee State, was making his FSU debut. The senior and returning All-American recorded his best two marks on his final two attempts, capped by a 7.77-meter (25-6) effort. Still it’s the No. 6 mark nationally.

“He just wasn’t clicking,” Herston said of Edoki, who still managed to record the 10th-best mark in program history. “He was not feeling good.”

Junior Jacore Irving also recorded an indoor long jump personal-best with matching third- and sixth-round marks of 7.34m (24-1) to place eighth. Herston said Irving fell victim to dragging his foot on his sixth attempt, denying him a 25-foot effort.

In their first competitive action since placing 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the FSU distance women shook off some rust with a win in the distance medley relay. The team of Ellie Wallace, Kimmie Cunningham, Yasmine Abbes and Maudie Skyring comfortably cruised to the finish in 11:25.93; the fastest early-season time in the nation by 20 seconds.

“It looked like the first race with no hype,” coach Kelly Phillips said. “The goal was to get a time for ACCs [and the fast heat] and they did that. There was nothing sexy about it.”

Wallace turned in a solid 1200-meter leg of 3:34 and Cunningham ran 55.8 on the 400-meter leg. Abbes, a freshman, split 2:12 on the 800 leg with Skyring posting a 4:43 1600-meter split, turning back runner-up Furman.

“Each of them said they could have run faster,” Phillips added. “They should all be nice and fresh tomorrow.”

Eleven members of the women’s distance group will compete in separate 3000-meter races on Saturday, while Ginelle DeMone will be joined by Abbes in the mile.

Friday’s competition also saw senior Nadia Maffo record the best season-opening weight throw mark of her career (19.72 meters/ 64-8.5) to place seventh. Sophomore Trentorria Green, like a pair of her FSU men’s long jump counterparts, struggled to find the takeoff board and placed 12th (5.39m/17-8.25).

Green and Irving will compete in the triple jump Saturday, while Grimes will be hunting an ACC qualifying mark in the 60-meter dash prelims.

Competition begins at 11 a.m. (ET) with the unseeded section of the 3000-meter run. Redshirt freshman Amani Heaven will make her FSU debut in the shot put at noon.

FSU women’s tennis edges Washington

The No. 16 ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (1-0) starts their season off with a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 14 Washington Huskies (4-1) at the UH Tennis Complex.

“What a way to kick off the spring season,” said coach Jennifer Hyde. ”That match was an absolute dogfight on both ends of the net from start to finish.  Today took a complete team effort with everyone contributing at certain spots during the day and that’s what it takes to be successful in college tennis. As individual as this sport is, at the end of the day the team effort is what gets those big wins. I am just so proud of that team effort for our first match of the year. Everyone had a hand in that win and for that to be our first win of the season coming against a very talented and competitive No. 14 Washington team is just really impressive by our squad.”

Junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen got things started in doubles, cruising to a quick 6-0 win on court two. The Huskies fought back with a win of their own on court one (6-3). Junior Emmanuelle Salas and freshman Sasha Hill responded with a 6-4 victory on court three to capture the doubles point for FSU.

Allen took advantage of her first set win and got the job done on court five 6-3, 6-3.  UW responded on courts one and four to tie the match at 2-2.

Singles competition

1. #102 Vanessa Wong (WASH) def. Petra Hule (FS) 7-6, 6-4

2. Natsuho Arakawa (WASH) def. Emmanuelle Salas (FS) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)

3. Nandini Das (FS) def. #88 Katarina Kopcalic (WASH) 6-3, 6-4

4. Sedona Gallagher (WASH) def. Sasha Hill (FS) 6-4, 6-2

5. Victoria Allen (FS) def. Nika Zupancic (WASH) 6-3, 6-3

6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Zoey Weil (WASH) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Vanessa Wong/Natsuho Arakawa (WASH) def. Nandini Das/Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-3

2. Petra Hule/Victoria Allen (FS) def. Sedona Gallagher/Katarina Kopcalic (WASH) 6-0

3. Emmanuelle Salas/Sasha Hill (FS) def. Zoey Weil/Nika Zupancic (WASH) 6-4

FSU men’s tennis sweeps South Alabama

The Florida State men’s tennis team advances to 4-0 on the year with a 5-2 win against South Alabama on Friday at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.

“I thought we played really great doubles today,” said coach Dwayne Hultquist.  “To dominate all three doubles was for me, a highlight of the day.  I felt like a turning point in the match was Loris’ (Pourroy) tiebreaker.  When he won that first set tiebreaker, I felt like it helped us re-gain momentum. South Alabama is a very good team, so I think it was a good win over a good team.”

The Seminoles jumped out of the gate hot to take the doubles point from the Jaguars.  Sophomores Bryn Nahrung and Richard Thongoana earned the first win of the day on court three (6-1). Senior Alex Knaff and junior Sebastian Arcila were not far behind as they finished on court one with a 6-1 victory to clinch the doubles point.

In singles, No. 92 ranked senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar made quick work of South Alabama’s Collard winning 6-4, 6-2 on court five. Pourroy pushed the Seminoles closer to a win after taking the first set tie break 7-6 (6-5) and then winning the second set, 6-3. On court three, Arcila led Florida State to victory with an exciting 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win. 

Singles competition

1. Marzol, Clement (USA) def. Alex Knaff (FS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

2. Cloes, Loic (USA) vs. Juan Martin Jalif (FS) no result

3. Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. Delcour, Louis (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

4. Loris Pourroy (FS) def. Bugaj, Martin (USA) 7-6 (6-5), 6-3

5. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. Collard, Sebastien (USA) 6-4, 6-2

6. Chase Wood (FS) def. Coutinho, Jordan (USA) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. Cloes, Loic/Marzol, Clement (USA) 6-1

2. Loris Pourroy/Juan Martin Jalif (FS) def. Petko, Leon/Coutinho, Jordan (USA) 5-2

3. Bryn Nahrung/Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Delcour, Louis/Collard, Sebastien (USA) 6-1

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