TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – An evening celebrating the life and legacy of Florida State Volleyball middle blocker Brianna Barry will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, when the Seminoles battle Florida at 6 p.m. at Tully Gym.
“Donuts for Bri” will be a celebration of Barry’s outstanding life as well as a dedication to her favorite sweet treat. The 2021 Florida State Athletics Hall of Famer was known for always trying to find a local doughnut shop wherever she traveled around the world.
The event includes Barry becoming just the second Seminole volleyball player ever to have her jersey retired, as she will soon join fellow legend Gabrielle Reece in the elite club. The ceremonial aspects of Wednesday’s event will begin at 6 p.m., while other moments of dedication to Barry’s life will be on display throughout the match.
An on-court celebration that includes her jersey retirement as well as a video board presentation will occur prior to the match, topped off by a “donut toast” in which fans receive a complimentary doughnut to eat.
“Bri made an enormous impact on helping me build this program when I arrived in 2008,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “More importantly, she made such a huge impact in our athletic department and in our community. Bri also continued to give back to the sport as a volleyball coach and mentoring many lives. She was well respected in our state and it is only fitting for her to be recognized at our annual FSU vs Florida match.”
Barry was a legendary figure for Florida State Volleyball from 2006-09, becoming one of the program’s greatest ambassadors. She was honored as the 2009 ACC Player of the Year as well as the 2009 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and also became the first second-team All-American in program history that year.
The native of Winter Springs, Fla., continues to rank in the Top 10 in program history in hitting percentage (first – .371), points (third – 1,386) and total blocks (ninth – 400). In her phenomenal senior season where she led FSU to its first NCAA Elite Eight in 2009, she hit .492 – tied for the third-highest hitting percentage in NCAA history in the 25-point scoring format era (since 2008).
Barry also has a connection to the Florida Gators as well, often working their summer camps and forming a bond with UF Head Coach Mary Wise.
Throughout the 2021 season, Florida State Volleyball is wearing warm-ups and patches dedicated to Barry and donning her famous No. 5 jersey number. While FSU is retiring her actual jersey on Wednesday, No. 5 will continue to be worn by future student-athletes.