Sept. 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team has earned a national ranking of No. 18 in this week’s AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, American Volleyball Coaches Association officials announced Monday afternoon.
At 10-1 overall, Florida State finds itself in the top 20 for the second-straight week thanks to the best start to a season since the 1997 team began the year 12-0.
The Seminoles’ current winning streak of eight-straight games since nearly defeating Florida on Aug. 31 is the longest since the 2000 campaign.
“We had a very good weekend and the ranking is reflective of that fact,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Once you get into the top 20 it is difficult to get a lot of movement unless you are beating people ahead of you. At this point, we are at the top of the ACC in the ranking, so we know that we have a huge target on our back every match.”
FSU has generated that proverbial target this year by benefitting from a roster that is very balanced.
Five players have already notched over 75 kills apiece and two have eclipsed the 100-kill plateau. Setters Nikki Baker and Duygu Duzceler have combined for 242 assists and seven Seminoles have at least 30 digs.
That balance — combined with a never-quit attitude — helped the Seminoles this past weekend when they swept Miami and then had to grind out a tough, come-from-behind win over Notre Dame.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls fought during the Notre Dame match,” Poole said. “They simply made up their minds to win and played a lot of big points at the end of games four and five.”
The ‘Noles will now welcome Virginia Tech and Virginia to town for two matches this weekend at Tully Gym.
The match against the Hokies is on Friday at 7 p.m. and the showdown with the Cavaliers is on Sunday at noon.