Dec. 9, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. – While the Florida State volleyball team was flying from Tallahassee to Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday night, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that head coach Chris Poole, seniors Brianna Barry, Jordana Price and Mira Djuric, and sophomore Rachael Morgan had all collected yearly honors.
Poole was named the East Region Coach of the Year while the trio of seniors earned All-Region Honors. Morgan was named an East Region Honorable Mention selection.
“I am very proud of these players,” Poole said. “It’s just a testament to the hard work that all four of them have put in this season. It is pretty remarkable to have four players earn this type of recognition because the East Region consists of 45 programs.
“We have shown tremendous balance all year long and it has allowed several of our players to perform in such a way that makes them stand out.”
Poole, who was recently named the ACC Coach of the Year, this is his first AVCA East Region Coach of the Year honor. He did earn the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA District 4 Coach of the Year Award while the head coach at Arkansas.
Just last weekend, the Seminoles’ second-year coach eclipsed the 600-win plateau and now has his team in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
As for the student-athletes, all four Seminoles that earned AVCA honors on Wednesday were also named to the All-ACC Team this season.
Barry ranks second in the entire nation in hitting percentage and Price finished the regular season as the premier blocker in the ACC.
Four players being recognized in one season by the AVCA is a school record.
Third-seeded Florida State will practice Thursday afternoon before taking on Kentucky on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.