Sept. 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Currently on a five-match winning streak, the Florida State volleyball team has moved up to No. 19 in this week’s AVCA Division I Coaches Poll as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Monday.
FSU (8-1) was ranked No. 22 but jumped in the polls after earning a victory in all three of its matches played at this past weekend’s FIU/Miami Invitational. By winning the event, the Seminoles are now a perfect 3-0 in regular-season tournaments this year and are off to the program’s best start since the 2000 campaign.
The ‘Noles are the only Atlantic Coast Conference program in this week’s rankings.
“We had a tremendous effort from the entire team this weekend,” Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. “We knew that the target was on our back and the three opponents gave us everything we could handle. However, we continued to show patience and a maturity that was lacking last season.
“It is a great honor to be ranked in the top 20 in the country and brings a lot of publicity to our program.”
Prior to last week, FSU hadn’t been placed in the national rankings since being pegged as the No. 21 team in the USA Today Coaches Poll on Sept. 22, 1998.
Now, the ‘Noles find themselves even closer to the program’s highest-ever ranking; a No. 17 position on Oct. 12, 1993.
FSU will take on its first conference opponent of 2009 as Miami comes to town for a match this Friday at 6 p.m. The Seminoles will then take on Notre Dame – a program that received 27 votes in this week’s poll – Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We hope that the fans will show the girls their appreciation for their hard work,” Poole said, “by making Tully Gym a home court advantage the rest of the season.”