September 20, 2007 - by
Chit-chat with sophomore Brianna Barry

Sept. 20, 2007

What attracted you to the sport of volleyball?
“I started playing volleyball in sixth grade when my best friend’s mom told my mom about it. So I tried it and it just stuck with me…and it helps that I’m tall!”

How would your teammates describe you?
“Goofy, definitely! They would say I’m a goofy person and that I’m tall – that’s the first thing people notice about me! I think they would also say that I’m a nice and caring person.”

If you were stranded on a desert island, which three people would you like to be with?
Lauren Richardson so we could eat Oreo’s together, Nikki Baker because she could make me laugh hysterically and Lauren Young because she’s just fun to be around.”

You do a lot of traveling with volleyball…what are some must-haves for those long trips?
“A cell phone, some gum, an iPod and a pillow…those long airplane rides aren’t very comfortable!”

Who do you look up to in the sporting world?
“Gabrielle Reece is a big influence to me. I read her book and wrote a paper about it my freshman year. I would also say Misty May and Kerri Walsh as well because I watched them all the time with my dad when they competed in the beach tournaments.”

Now that the season is off and running, what are your personal goals on and off the court?
“Off the court I want to be on the All-ACC Academic team again and on the court I’d like to be an All-ACC team member and hopefully an All-American…but that may not be until next season!”

If you could live and play volleyball anywhere in the world, where would you go?
“I would say either France or Spain, but definitely overseas since I’ve never been.”

What is the best piece of advice that was ever given to you?
“Never give up. That is the biggest thing, to just keep pushing no matter what.”

What type of advice can you give young girls hoping to play volleyball for FSU someday?
“Well I use to ball-shag at FSU volleyball games when I was younger so I basically grew up around Florida State volleyball. So I would tell them to never give up since it’s the best advice anyone ever told me. Also to just keep trying and things will eventually work out.”

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