HIGH POINT, N.C. — Winning its fourth match in a row, all in the last six days in four different cities, RV Florida State (16-6) earned a road win on Saturday over High Point (17-10) by the score of 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-10.
Redshirt freshman Morgan Chacon had a career day both offensively and defensively, as she set career highs with both 21 kills and 20 digs on the afternoon, along with a pair of service aces and three blocks. Senior Madison Sullivan also set a career high with a team-high 26 digs, redshirt sophomore Adrian Ell recorded a career-high 30 assists, while Jasmyn Martin ended with 12 kills and a career-high eight blocks.
“Morgan and Jasmyn played really inspired today, and we were fortunate that they were hot,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We expected a battle today. High Point head coach Ryan Meek was a former assistant of mine at Arkansas, and I knew he would have them pumped up. High Point is used to playing strong competition out of conference and is always playing for a championship in the Big South. It was great to see our team pushed and still keep fighting. When you play these kinds of teams, there will always be long rallies, and it was great to see several players stepping up big today.”
Chacon helped give the Seminoles an early 6-3 lead in the first set as she was involved in four consecutive points on three kills and an assisted block with Taryn Knuth. The Panthers got within one at 9-8, before the Noles went on a 5-1 run, including a block from Emma Clothier and Martin to make it 14-9. Kills by Payton Caffrey and Marissa Stockman, as well as another block from Clothier and Caffrey, allowed the Noles to take the first set by the score of 25-18.
Martin opened the second set with three consecutive kills to give FSU an early 3-0 lead, but High Point quickly rallied to tie the set at 4-4. Kills from Chacon and Caffrey briefly gave FSU the lead at 8-7, but the Panthers followed with a 12-4 run to take control of the set at 19-12. An ace from Sullivan and a kill by Chacon cut the High Point lead to three at 23-20, and the Noles held off a pair of set points, including a block from Knuth and Martin, but High Point was able to tie the match with a 25-22 win in the second.
High Point took an early lead in the third set before the Seminoles scored five in a row, including back-to-back kills from Caffrey, to take a 9-7 lead. The Noles and Panthers battled through the middle of the set, with four different ties, until Florida State took the lead for good on a combined block from Clothier and Martin at 20-19. FSU and HPU traded points down the stretch, but Chacon’s 12th kill of the match gave the Seminoles the 25-22 win.
The fourth set was a back-and-forth battle throughout, with 12 ties and seven lead changes, as the Panthers controlled the beginning portion, leading by as much as four at 7-3, before kills by Martin, Clothier and Lily Tessier put the Seminoles in front, 10-9. High Point bounced back and scored five of the next six points to retake the lead at 14-11, before the Noles tied things back up at 15-15 on a pair of kills from Chacon. FSU scored four in a row to take a 19-17 lead, and back-to-back kills from Chacon put FSU in front 21-20, but the Panthers came back to force set point at 24-23. An assisted block from Clothier and Martin tied it up at 24-24, but HPU scored the final two points to force a fifth set.
Kills from Martin and Chacon gave FSU an early 3-1 lead in the fifth set, and consecutive blocks involving Knuth, Martin and Chacon made it 5-2 Seminoles. The Noles continued to build their lead throughout the final frame and closed out the 15-10 victory with kills from Caffrey and Knuth.
Tessier tied a career high with 11 digs, and finished with 27 assists and two kills. Caffrey tallied 16 kills, while Clothier and Knuth ended with seven and five blocks, respectively.
The Seminoles return home next weekend for ACC matches against Notre Dame and Louisville on November 8 and 10. Both matches will be streamed on ACC Network Extra and links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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