TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Wednesday night will be a celebratory evening at Tully Gym as Florida State Volleyball hosts No. 14 Florida at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra in an event totally dedicated to the life and legacy of Seminole legend Brianna Barry.
Dubbed “Donuts for Bri,” both in-state rivals will participate in celebrating Barry’s wonderful life. Fans in attendance will be treated to her much loved sweet treat, as she was known to find a local doughnut shop wherever she traveled around the world. Following the end of her pre-match video presentation, fans can make a “donut toast” to Barry, a nod to the tremendous person and player she was and how many lives she truly touched.
The pre-match tributes for Barry begin at 6 p.m. and will be carried live on the ACC Network Extra broadcast. The tributes include a video presentation on Barry, her jersey retirement, honoring her family and friends in attendance and inducting her into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame.
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“This is certainly deserving for her,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said of the ‘Donuts for Bri’ celebration. “It’s one of those things where it’s going to be emotional for the staff, for the team and the fans. But she deserves the recognition. She meant so much to our staff – we only knew her as a junior and senior (coming in). She was an impactful player, but an impactful person. She continued that legacy even after she left.”
Not only did Barry, who passed away suddenly in June 2021, become a legendary figure for Florida State Volleyball. She also worked several Florida Gator volleyball camps as well and developed a strong friendship with UF Head Coach Mary Wise.
“From a very young age she was involved with the Seminoles and dreamt of being a Seminole,” Associate Head Coach and former teammate Jordana Price said. “For us to retire her jersey, it honors her love of the game, her love for Florida State and the legacy she left once she did have the opportunity to play here.”
Wednesday’s matchup also marks the 75th meeting between Florida State and 14th-ranked Florida, with FSU owning a 6-2 overall record and UF sitting at 4-3. The Seminoles are attempting to snap a four-match skid to their rivals.
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FSU has 26 all-time Top 15 wins according to the AVCA Poll. Its last Top 15 win came on March 12, 2021, when it defeated No. 14 Notre Dame, 3-2, at home. Morgan Chacon recorded 18 kills and 10 digs in that match.
At last week’s UCF Invitational, Emma Clothier led the Seminoles in kills (38), kills per set (2.92), total blocks (15), blocks per set (1.15) and points (52.5) en route to all-tournament team honors. Khori Louis joined Clothier on the all-tournament team. FSU finished 2-1 in Orlando, defeating Georgia in five sets and sweeping FGCU in three but falling to UCF in five.
Clothier has been named to the last two all-tournament teams for FSU, also being selected to the Four Points Tallahassee Seminole Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team along with Chacon and sophomore Sydney Conley.
Redshirt junior Lily Tessier established a few career highs at last week’s UCF Invitational, recording 51 assists vs. Georgia and 19 digs vs. UCF.
Freshman libero Emery Dupes owns three matches this season with 20 or more digs, recording 26 at UCF, 23 vs. Georgia and 20 vs. Northern Arizona. The Marietta, Ga., native ranks third in the ACC with 4.14 digs per set and fifth in total digs with 116.
FSU’s talented unit of passers that also includes junior Lauryn Burrows, Chacon, Tessier and senior Caroline Golden have guided it to a No. 34 national ranking, as well as second in the conference, with 16.57 digs per set.
The Seminoles will have about a week hiatus from playing action following the Florida match, with their next match beginning conference play on Friday, Sept. 24, at Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
FSU’s next home match following Wednesday night will be on Friday, Oct. 1, when it hosts NC State in the annual ‘Paint it Pink’ match at 6:30 p.m.