Sept. 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – The Florida State University women’s volleyball team has moved up two spots in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, showing a No. 15 ranking this week.
The jump comes after the Seminoles (8-1) won the competitive Kentucky Invitational last weekend. FSU began the weekend by defeating Kansas State, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 15-6), and followed with another 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 15-11) win at nationally-ranked Kentucky. FSU finished off the field by beating Virginia Commonwealth in four sets (25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 25-18).
The Seminoles have now spent 18 consecutive weeks in the AVCA National Poll, which is twice as long as their previous best streak of nine weeks during the 1993 season. In that year, FSU reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament under coaching great Cecile Reynaud.
Since being ranked 15th in the preseason, the Seminoles moved up to 13th in the second week, fell to 17th last week before matching their preseason mark this week. FSU has already played two ranked squads in Tennessee (18th) and Kentucky (22nd), and defeated Oklahoma, 3-1, at the Houston Invitational on Sept. 4. The Sooners are receiving votes in the poll.
FSU will battle Atlantic Coast Conference rival Miami on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla. The Seminoles then face another well-known opponent in third-ranked Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Tully Gym.