Nov. 6, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the first time since 2006, two Florida State volleyball student-athletes garnered ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team honors. This is the first award of its kind for both junior Brianna Barry and sophomore Taylor Wilson. In total, 10 Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball student-athletes made the grade this season.
"I'm always really proud of the girls when they make a special academic achievement," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "It takes a lot of work and time to be an athlete and to also be disciplined enough to be a good athlete. Anyone can be just a student and anyone can be just and athlete, but to be a student-athlete and compete at a high level in both takes a tremendous amount of discipline. I am very proud of both Brianna and Taylor."
Barry, a sport management major, earned second team honors with a cumulative GPA of 3.46. The 6-3 middle blocker from Winter Springs, Fla., currently tops the Seminole squad with a .375 attack percentage which ranks her fourth in the ACC and 27th in the NCAA.
Wilson, who recently changed majors from dietetics to interior design, maintained a 3.97 cumulative GPA and was also honored with the prestigious Golden Torch Award presented to the top academic performer in each sport at Florida State. Wilson earned third team honors and is averaging 1.56 digs per set this season at the defensive specialist position.
Former Seminole Sarah Griffin was the last FSU volleyball student-athlete to be named an ESPN The Magazine All-District Team member when she earned second team honors in 2006.