TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (8-7, 4-1 ACC) earned another sweep on Friday night, taking down NC State (8-7, 4-1) in straight sets. The Seminoles outhit their opponent and earned 11 total blocks in the match to sweep their opponent for the eighth time this season.
In all four of FSU’s wins in the ACC this season, they have hit above .300 and outhit their opponent, holding three of those teams to just over .100 hitting. The Seminoles have seen double-digit blocks in three conference matches this season, only three of which saw only one blocking error.
Florida State’s offense was led by junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey, who picked up 14 kills to lead both teams, and added on two blocks (one solo). FSU’s front row defensive effort was led by sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth, who saw eight blocks (two solo) in the match to lead the team outright in blocks for the 10th time this season.
Sophomore middle blocker Deja Williams saw a perfect offensive performance for the first time in her career, as she put down seven kills on seven total attacks (1.000). Seven kills also ties her career high record.
FSU returns on Sunday afternoon to host UNC (5-9, 1-4 ACC), who fell to Miami in four sets on Friday night. The match will air on ESPN2, and the team will retire Seminole legend Gabrielle Reece’s jersey prior to the match.
Set 1 – FSU 25, NCSU 17
The Seminoles saw a consistent effort at the net in the first set from early on, as the Seminoles outhit the Wolfpack with a .400 percentage, picked up 12 kills, and used five total blocks to keep NC State hitting .000.
FSU’s offense only saw one unforced error in the set, and five players earned at least one kill without picking up an error. Taryn Knuth and Deja Williams both hit a perfect 1.000, earning two kills and three kills respectively. Payton Caffrey earned her third solo block of the season in the first set, while Danielle Pennington led the back row with four digs.
Set 2 – FSU 25, NCSU 22
While the Wolfpack cut back on attack errors in the second set, the Seminoles picked up two blocks and held NC State back with 15 digs from nine different players in the set. While FSU’s offense stayed consistent and took more swings for more kills, NC State’s offense was also able to come back to hit .306 in the set with 17 kills.
Caffrey found her groove in the second set, leading the team with seven kills on 12 attacks (.417). Williams also stayed perfect in the second set, picking up three kills on three attacks.
Set 3 – FSU 25, NCSU 22
The third set saw similarly efficient offensive performance from FSU, as the Seminoles hit above .300 with 14 kills. While the offense stayed strong, it was a tough defensive effort that kept the ball in play and forced errors on the Wolfpack. FSU picked up four blocks in the set, each of which involved Knuth (one solo, three assisted). The Seminoles also saw 11 digs in the set, which kept the Wolfpack from putting down kills.
The match ended with a pair of service errors, but the Seminoles were able to close out the final set to earn their eighth sweep of the season and fourth in conference play.
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