Nov. 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - First they tied the record and now they have officially broken it.
The Florida State volleyball team earned a No. 16 ranking in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll and in doing so achieved a new school record for highest volleyball ranking ever, breaking the previous record of No. 17 the team already tied this season.
"That's exciting news for these girls and the program that we have been able to achieve this ranking," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "Still, we aren't focused on breaking records. We are focused on finishing out the season strong by winning an ACC championship and playing well in the NCAA Tournament."
As has been the case since FSU (21-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) first entered the rankings on Sept. 6, the Seminoles are the lone ACC school to be placed in the top 25. The 'Noles have now been ranked for nine weeks in a row.
FSU currently ranks first in three statistical categories in the ACC: hitting percentage (.303), assists (12.9 per set) and kills (13.9 per set).
Senior leader Brianna Barry is also tops in the league and second in the entire nation on an individual level with her impressive .527 hitting percentage. In the ACC, senior Mira Djuric is first in service aces (0.5 per set) and senior Jordana Price is second in blocks (1.3 per set) and third in hitting percentage (.377).
Florida State will welcome Duke to Tully Gym for a 7 p.m. game this Friday in what will be the biggest conference match of the year up to this point.
FSU is currently first in the ACC while the Blue Devils are in second place.
The 'Noles then play Wake Forest at 1 p.m. on Sunday.