Nov. 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It all comes down to this for the No. 15 Florida State volleyball team.
With a top-15 ranking in hand and an even more impressive RPI ranking of No. 3 in the country, the Seminoles (25-2, 16-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have the opportunity to make history when Boston College (12-16, 2-15) and Maryland (13-17, 5-12) come to Tallahassee this weekend.
Thanks to their school-record 13-match winning streak in ACC play, the 'Noles can wrap up the conference championship if all goes to plan against the Eagles and Terrapins. A win on Friday night against Boston College gives FSU the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and -- assuming second-place Duke does not lose Friday night against N.C. State -- a win over Maryland on Sunday would give the Seminoles the first regular-season ACC crown in program history.
Because of Florida State's stellar ranking in the RPI -- a factor considered very important by the NCAA selection committee -- the Seminoles at this point are considered a virtual lock for postseason play despite how the matches play out this weekend. The school has even put in a bid to serve as a host site for the opening rounds, meaning there is a legitimate shot that fans in Tallahassee will get to see some postseason volleyball action.
After a memorable 2009 campaign thus far, FSU players and coaches are looking to put a final exclamation mark on the regular season with an impressive showing against the Eagles and Terrapins and then next week in the finale against Miami on Nov. 25.
Led by the conference's top blocker in Jordana Price and top hitter percentage-wise in Brianna Barry, Florida State hosts Boston College on Friday at 7 p.m. and welcomes Maryland to Tully Gym on Sunday at 1 p.m. The volleyball team will be partnering with the Student Athlete Advisory Council for Friday's match and will be accepting canned food donations benefitting 2nd Harvest Food Bank.
Against the Eagles, the program will honor 2009 FSU Hall of Fame inductee, former head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud, and Lucy McDaniel, the court's namesake. Against the Terrapins, the team's four seniors will be honored on Senior Day.