Noles Tabbed as ACC Favorites
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – For the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the 13th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team has been selected to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.
The Seminoles accumulated the highest point total at 187 out of a possible 196, including seven first-place votes from the league’s 15 head coaches. First-place votes were awarded 14 points, second place received 13 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.
“I believe the voting was more of a respect for the program,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We lost two All-Americans and our best rotation player from last year, but we do believe that we were able to bring in some great talent and we are excited to start the season to see how all the new players respond to a live match.”
Duke (No. 21) picked up 181 points, while (No. 20) North Carolina came in third with 181 and both received four first place votes. Miami (151), Louisville (123), Virginia (113), NC State (106), Syracuse (105), Pittsburgh (103), Virginia Tech (93), Notre Dame (85), Clemson (53), Georgia Tech (40), Wake Forest (39) and Boston College (16) rounded out the poll.
In addition to the first-place prediction, redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher, junior outside hitter Nicole Walch and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington were named to the 19-player Preseason All-ACC Team. It was the second nod for Mosher, while Walch and Burrington captured their first.
The Seminoles and Blue Devils tabbed three players each, while nine other schools were represented on the list.
In addition to Mosher, Burrington and Walch, Florida State returns five other letter winners including starting senior setter Sarah Wickstrom.
“I am very proud of Sarah, Katie and Nicole,” Poole said. “Along with Sarah Wickstrom we are going to rely on these ladies to be the backbone of our team and lead us throughout this season, especially with nine new players.”
The 13th-ranked Seminoles will head to Lincoln, Neb. for the first leg of the AVCA Showcase to face No. 7 Nebraska on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. (CT). FSU is the first ACC team to earn an invitation to the highly-touted tournament.
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2014 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
No. Team (First Place) Points 2013 Record (Conference)
1 Florida State (7) 187 26-7 (17-3)
2 Duke (4) 181 28-5 (18-2)
3 North Carolina (4) 180 27-5 (16-4)
4 Miami 151 19-12 (12-8)
5 Louisville 123 23-8 (18-0)
6 Virginia 113 18-14 (11-9)
7 NC State 106 20-12 (11-9)
8 Syracuse 105 16-16 (11-9)
9 Pittsburgh 103 19-14 (11-9)
10 Virginia Tech 93 22-12 (10-10)
11 Notre Dame 85 13-18 (7-13)
12 Clemson 53 15-16 (9-11)
13 Georgia Tech 40 12-20 (6-14)
14 Wake Forest 39 16-16 (5-15)
15 Boston College 16 9-23 (1-19)
2014 Preseason All-ACC Team
Name Class Position School
Emily Sklar Junior Outside Hitter Duke
Jeme Obeime Senior Outside Hitter Duke
Maggie Deichmeister Senior Setter Duke
Nicole Walch Junior Outside Hitter Florida State
Katie Mosher Senior Libero Florida State
Sarah Burrington Sophomore Middle Blocker Florida State
Katie George Junior Setter Louisville
Janelle Jenkins Sophomore Outside Hitter Louisville
Savanah Leaf Senior Outside Hitter Miami
Emani Sims Senior Middle Blocker Miami
Paige Neuenfeldt Junior Middle Blocker North Carolina
Chaniel Nelson Senior Opposite Hitter North Carolina
Jeni Houser Senior Middle Blocker Notre Dame
Dariyan Hopper Senior Outside Hitter NC State
Silvi Uattara Junior Outside Hitter Syracuse
Jess Wynn Sophomore Outside Hitter Pittsburgh
Lauren Fuller Junior Setter Virginia
Jasmine Burton Sophomore Outside Hitter Virginia
Kathryn Caine Senior Middle Blocker Virginia Tech