After traveling across the country for the past month and playing one of the hardest schedules in my career, conference play is finally here! Now it is our time to defend our ACC title.
Defending our title and going for a three-peat is a priority and goal we all have in mind. We know it won't be easy, but we have taken a lot of pride in the tradition of Florida State volleyball over the past few years. Our journey began during preseason, but we headed up North this past weekend to kick off our ACC championship run.
Our first match was against ACC newcomer Syracuse. We started off slow but ended up winning the match in four, dominating sets 2, 3 and 4. Right after the match we got to eat lunch with some awesome Florida State alumni who live in Syracuse. It was great getting to meet them while enjoying our first win on our ACC championship journey.
On Sunday in Boston we woke up and it was absolutely beautiful outside. The skies were clear, the air was chilly but it was close to perfect. I told myself that today was going to be a good day. Our football team played at Boston College and won Saturday afternoon, so we knew we had to take care of business.
After winning a close first set, we made some adjustments and used our momentum to beat Boston College in three (25-23, 25-8 and 25-13). As a team our hitting percentage was .478, and we had 13 blocks.
Being a senior, I was proud of my team's performance. Boston College has strong hitters, and our defense did a great job defending them.
Once the match was over we had a lot of time to kill before our flight back to Tallahassee, so we got to do some exploring. Some of the girls went shopping, and the rest of us explored the Freedom Trail with Coach Mac and Coach Poole. We got to see the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere's house and the USS Constitution. I'm a huge history nerd, along with a few others on the team, so we had a blast walking around and enjoying our country's history and culture.
This weekend we will head to Georgia Tech and Clemson, one of my favorite trips in the conference. In my opinion these are two of the hardest gyms to play in, but we plan to face anything that is thrown at us and to keep our eye on the target: winning a third ACC title.
Until next time, Go Noles!