November 22, 2017 - by
Front-Court Defense Fuels Volleyball’s Straight-Set Win Over Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Florida State volleyball team swept Clemson on the road on Wednesday (Nov. 22) afternoon to extend its win streak to five consecutive matches.

The Seminoles (17-10, 11-8 ACC) beat the Tigers (7-24, 2-17 ACC) for the 11th time in a row, with seven of those wins ending in three sets.

FSU put up 16 team blocks, which is the most the team has seen in a three-set match this season, and is tied for the most in any match this year. The front line’s defense was led by freshman Taryn Knuth, who notched 13 total blocks with one solo stuff to help hold down the Tigers’ attack percentage.

The team will close out its regular season this Friday, Nov. 24 as it takes on Georgia Tech at 1:00 pm.

 

Set 1 – Florida State 25, Clemson 9

A tough defensive effort from the Seminoles drove the momentum in the first set, as six team blocks and 12 digs held the Tigers to a negative hitting percentage throughout the set.

The consistent defense was able to support a strong offensive effort, which was led by Milica Kubura’s four-for-four offense at the net and Christina Ambrose’s .300 attack percentage.

 

Set 2 – Florida State 26, Clemson 24

While the second set started off closer than the first, FSU was able to pull away at 3-2 to hold the lead throughout the set. Toward the end of the set, Clemson’s offense made its presence felt on the court as a handful of kills helped hold off the Seminoles’ set point and tie up the set at 24-24. A kill from Ambrose and a block from Brianne Burkert and Taryn Knuth finished off the set.

Clemson saw its best offense in the second set as it tallied 14 kills on 44 attacks, but the Seminoles’ four team blocks and 20 digs held the Tigers to just a .159 hitting percentage. FSU pulled out the win to take a 2-0 lead in the match heading into halftime.

 

Set 3 – Florida State 25, Clemson 14

The Seminoles once again took command of the set, taking the lead from the beginning with a kill from Deja Williams and multiple blocks. FSU kept up its strong presence at the net, notching six team blocks and 12 kills (.391).

FSU held Clemson to a negative hitting percentage for the second set in the match, forcing more errors to hold the Tigers’ offense down. The final points were decided by a block from Williams and Kubura and a line-drive hit from Kubura to help the Seminoles close out the final set.

 

 

Notes

  • Florida State’s season record improves to 17-10, 11-8 ACC
  • Florida State improves to a 35-20 record over Clemson
    • FSU is now 14-12 on the road against Clemson, and 30-19 against the Tigers in the ACC regular season.
    • This win marks the 11th match in a row the Seminoles have taken from the Tigers
  • FSU is now on a five-match win streak following Wednesday’s victory over Clemson.
  • Nine points is the fewest FSU has held its opponent to in a 25-point set this season.
  • 16 total blocks is the most the team has seen in a three-set match this season.
    • It is tied for the most blocks the team has seen in any match in 2017, along with Notre Dame (10/1/17) and Pittsburgh (10/6/17).
  • FSU is 7-1 this season when hitting .300+
  • Taryn Knuth earned a career-high 12 assisted blocks and 13 total blocks. Her previous for both was 11, earned at Notre Dame (10/1/17).

 

Up Next for the Seminoles

Florida State will head to Atlanta, Ga. to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday. The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra at 1:00 pm.

 

 

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