August 26, 2014 - by
Noles Tabbed as ACC Favorites

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  ( – For the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the 13th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team has been selected to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

The Seminoles accumulated the highest point total at 187 out of a possible 196, including seven first-place votes from the league’s 15 head coaches. First-place votes were awarded 14 points, second place received 13 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.

“I believe the voting was more of a respect for the program,” head coach Chris Poole said. “We lost two All-Americans and our best rotation player from last year, but we do believe that we were able to bring in some great talent and we are excited to start the season to see how all the new players respond to a live match.”    

Duke (No. 21) picked up 181 points, while (No. 20) North Carolina came in third with 181 and both received four first place votes.  Miami (151), Louisville (123), Virginia (113), NC State (106), Syracuse (105), Pittsburgh (103), Virginia Tech (93), Notre Dame (85), Clemson (53), Georgia Tech (40), Wake Forest (39) and Boston College (16) rounded out the poll.

In addition to the first-place prediction, redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher, junior outside hitter Nicole Walch and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington were named to the 19-player Preseason All-ACC Team. It was the second nod for Mosher, while Walch and Burrington captured their first.

The Seminoles and Blue Devils tabbed three players each, while nine other schools were represented on the list.

In addition to Mosher, Burrington and Walch, Florida State returns five other letter winners including starting senior setter Sarah Wickstrom.

“I am very proud of Sarah, Katie and Nicole,” Poole said. “Along with Sarah Wickstrom we are going to rely on these ladies to be the backbone of our team and lead us throughout this season, especially with nine new players.”

The 13th-ranked Seminoles will head to Lincoln, Neb. for the first leg of the AVCA Showcase to face No. 7 Nebraska on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. (CT). FSU is the first ACC team to earn an invitation to the highly-touted tournament.

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2014 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

No.                                          Team (First Place)             Points                 2013 Record (Conference)

1                                              Florida State (7)                    187                       26-7 (17-3)          

2                                              Duke (4)                                  181                       28-5 (18-2)

3                                              North Carolina (4)                180                       27-5 (16-4)

4                                              Miami                                      151                       19-12 (12-8)

5                                              Louisville                               123                       23-8 (18-0)

6                                              Virginia                                   113                       18-14 (11-9)        

7                                              NC State                                   106                       20-12 (11-9)

8                                              Syracuse                                  105                       16-16 (11-9)

9                                              Pittsburgh                               103                       19-14 (11-9)

10                                           Virginia Tech                         93                         22-12 (10-10)

11                                           Notre Dame                            85                         13-18 (7-13)

12                                           Clemson                                  53                         15-16 (9-11)

13                                           Georgia Tech                          40                         12-20 (6-14)

14                                           Wake Forest                           39                         16-16 (5-15)

15                                           Boston College                       16                         9-23 (1-19)

2014 Preseason All-ACC Team

Name                                    Class                                        Position                              School

Emily Sklar                          Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Duke

Jeme Obeime                        Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    Duke

Maggie Deichmeister         Senior                                      Setter                                    Duke

Nicole Walch                       Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Florida State

Katie Mosher                        Senior                                      Libero                                  Florida State

Sarah Burrington                 Sophomore                             Middle Blocker                  Florida State

Katie George                         Junior                                       Setter                                    Louisville

Janelle Jenkins                     Sophomore                             Outside Hitter                    Louisville

Savanah Leaf                        Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    Miami

Emani Sims                          Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Miami

Paige Neuenfeldt                 Junior                                       Middle Blocker                  North Carolina

Chaniel Nelson                    Senior                                      Opposite Hitter                  North Carolina

Jeni Houser                           Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Notre Dame

Dariyan Hopper                   Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    NC State

Silvi Uattara                          Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Syracuse

Jess Wynn                             Sophomore                             Outside Hitter                    Pittsburgh

Lauren Fuller                       Junior                                       Setter                                    Virginia

Jasmine Burton                    Sophomore                             Outside Hitter                    Virginia

Kathryn Caine                      Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Virginia Tech

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