Nov. 25, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State volleyball team finished its memorable 2009 regular season on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16) win over Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
By defeating the Hurricanes (18-12, 11-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), the Seminoles (28-2, 18-1) officially capped off what has been the greatest regular season in program history since FSU joined the ACC in the early 1990s.
Not only did the ‘Noles win more in-conference games than ever before but they also achieved the first-ever regular season outright ACC Championship. Wednesday’s victory also extended the team’s program-best league winning-streak to an impressive 16 in a row.
Against the ‘Canes, sophomore Rachael Morgan stole the show for the Seminoles in a match that saw FSU drop a very close first set before running away with three in a row to get the win. The Tauranga, New Zealand native blasted 17 kills, breaking the career-high 16 she had registered against Duke earlier this season.
She also added four digs and three blocks to go along with her .516 hitting percentage.
“It was a great match today,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “We allowed the first set to slip away but we came back strong to take control of the match. Overall we were pretty consistent.”
Senior Mira Djuric connected for six kills while also adding four service aces – a total that moves her into fifth place all-time in the career record books at Florida State. Senior Jordana Price also had six kills to go along with her five blocks.
With a top-15 ranking, top-3 RPI, and conference championship in hand, Florida State will now await word on their seeding in the NCAA Tournament – and whether or not Tully Gym will serve as a host site for the opening two rounds.
The announcement on seedings and sites of games will be made live on ESPNews this Sunday at 3 p.m.
“We are very excited about the selection show,” Poole said. “I’m still hopeful that we will get to serve as a host site.”