Dec. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Brianna Barry was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Second-Team All-America selection, AVCA officials announced Wednesday.
Senior Jordana Price was also named an honorable mention selection.
Barry, the only Atlantic Coast Conference student-athlete to be named to the first, second or third teams, was named the ACC Player of the Year this season.
The Winter Springs, Fla. native led the conference in hitting percentage and ranked second in the entire nation in the category while helping FSU reach the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.
“If someone was to tell me at the beginning of my senior season that by the end of the year my team and I would make it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament,” Barry said, “and I would be named a second team All-American, part of me wouldn’t have believed it. I have the utmost faith and confidence in my team and this season truly turned out to be the dream season I have always wanted. From day one of ACC play I knew it was going to be a great season. We took every obstacle head on and came out victorious, proving to people not only in the ACC but the nation what we were all about.
“Every teammate of mine stepped us this season and contributed in huge ways that helped us to continue to win as the season progressed.”
As for Price, the Mountain Home, Idaho native concluded her Seminole career as the ACC’s leading blocker.
Both Barry and Price were also named to the All-ACC and AVCA Division I East Region Team selections this year.
As a second team All-American, Barry is the first player in FSU history to generate that type of recognition. The only other players in school history to be honored by the AVCA with All-American honors were Amanda Santos (2004), Andreza Santos (2005) and Makini Thompson (2006) but all three of those student-athletes were honorable mention picks.
“It truly is an honor to be given this award,” Barry said. “It’s a great privilege and is just the icing on the amazing cake my team and I made this season. I will miss this team very much and I couldn’t have accomplished anything without them this season.”