November 5, 2009 - by
2 Named To Academic Team

Nov. 5, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second year in a row, two Florida State volleyball players have been rewarded for their hard work in the class room with ESPN The Magazine All-District Team honors.

And just like last year, those student-athletes are Brianna Barry and Taylor Wilson.

Barry, who earned second team honors last season, was named a District 3 First Team selection this year for the first time in her career. FSU’s senior leader boasts a 3.49 GPA as a Sports Management major and on the court she is second in nation and first in the ACC with a hitting percentage of .527.

As for Wilson, the Seminoles’ junior defensive specialist follows up her 2008 third-team selection with a District 3 Second Team nod this year. Her 3.96 GPA as an Interior Design major is tops amongst FSU volleyball players and her 1.44 digs per set is tied for fifth-best on the team.

For the past two years Wilson has also been granted the prestigious Golden Torch Award, which is presented to the top academic performer in each sport at Florida State.

“That is very exciting for both of these young ladies,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “Certainly we are wanting to produce student-athletes that are great in the classroom and on the court and both Brianna and Taylor do that. I am very proud of them for the hard work that they put forth each and every day and the example they set in the community.”

Barry and Wilson’s Seminoles have a monumental match against Duke on Friday night as first-place FSU looks to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference against the second-place Blue Devils.

That match begins at 7 p.m. at Tully Gymnasium. FSU then plays Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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