Nov. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Boasting the highest ranking in program history, the No. 16 Florida State volleyball team welcomes Duke to town on Friday for the premier Atlantic Coast Conference match of the 2009 season.
Currently first in the ACC, FSU will be looking to fend off a Blue Devils squad that is second in the league and looking to make up ground as the season nears its end. With no conference tournament, each match becomes that much more important as the year progresses.
The Seminoles (21-2, 12-1, ACC) already have a victory over Duke (21-4, 11-2) after the two teams met in Durham, N.C. last month so an FSU win on Friday night at Tully Gym would go a long way towards pushing the ‘Noles to the program’s first ever regular-season conference crown.
Florida State is coming off another impressive weekend in which the team earned wins at Virginia and Virginia Tech. By beating the Cavaliers and Hokies, FSU pushed its school-record conference winning streak to nine games in a row and remained unbeaten in league games away from home this season.
The Seminoles have moved through the 2009 season in impressive fashion thanks to an attack that is diverse and balanced. FSU has several outside hitters that are capable of carrying the offense on any given night and two senior middle blockers in Jordana Price and Brianna Barry that take turns setting the defensive tone. Barry also excels offensively as she is No. 1 in the conference and No. 2 in the nation in hitting percentage.
After their match with Duke, the Seminoles host Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m.