March 30, 2008
CHARLESTON, S.C. – In the first big tournament of the spring season, the Florida State volleyball team dominated in both the indoor and beach matches on March 29 and 30. The Seminoles defeated tournament host College of Charleston in the championship round to claim the indoor meet crown after downing Charleston Southern, North Florida and Coastal Carolina in earlier rounds. In the beach tournament, the host Cougars were no match for the Sunshine State as sophomores Nikki Baker and Brianna Barry dominated the sand to win the beach tournament on Saturday.
“It was a great weekend of team bonding on the beach,” head coach Todd Kress said. “I’m really pleased we were able to cap it off by a solid team effort throughout the entire weekend.”
The tournament was made up of four rounds plus a championship match with each match consisting of two games played to 25 points. In round one, the Seminoles took down Charleston Southern in a close 25-22 in both games before knocking out Coastal Carolina 25-17 and 25-22 in round two.
Round three put FSU up against the home team and ended in a split with the garnet and gold and the Cougars each winning one, 30-28 and 24-26. In final round of regular play, North Florida was no match for the Seminoles who took down the Ospreys 25-21 and 25-20.
The Cougars and Noles would rematch in the battle for the tournament title, but Charleston would run out of gas and fall 25-22 and 25-19 to Florida State.
Leading the team with a solid 44 kills and .438 attacking percentage was Brianna Barry. Barry ended the regular season with a team high .333 percentage and was recently named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.
Fellow sophomore Lauren Young was also instrumental in the win this weekend. The Ben Wheeler, Texas native put 24 kills on the floor and finished the tournament with a .395 percentage. Rounding out the top performances after five matches was junior Jordana Price who recorded 29 kills and a .305 percentage.
Next on the spring tour, Florida State will host a spring tournament on Saturday, April 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Lucy McDaniel Court in Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles will face-off once again with North Florida at the FSU Spring Tournament as New Orleans, South Alabama and Troy also make the trip to Tallahassee.