April 2, 2021 - by
Florida State Takes Down Orange to Finish Regular Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Making a strong case for a bid to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the Florida State Volleyball Team finished the regular season with its second straight sweep over Syracuse (25-13, 25-11, 25-13) on Friday night on ‘Senior Night’ at Tully Gym.

Prior to the match, four outstanding seniors were honored in Taryn Knuth, Jasmyn Martin, Olivia Dailey and Caroline Golden. All four had standout performances as the Seminoles (14-5, 9-5) dominated the Orange (7-9, 7-9) for the second consecutive match.

FSU finishes the regular season 8-2 in its last 10 matches. The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament Selection Show will air on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

“I’m so proud of this team,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “We had our backs against the wall from the fall season with Taryn out and not able to play with an injury. But we rallied this spring with Taryn leading us and everyone on the team stepping up big. We knew these were must-win matches this weekend and we played as well as we’ve played all year.”

Knuth’s final match at Tully Gym included another efficient performance with 12 kills and no errors in 18 attacks, hitting .667 in the match. Fittingly, she ended the match on a right-side slide and a cross-court kill to cap an amazing playing career on her home floor.

Martin, who came to FSU as a junior, added six kills and two digs. Dailey continued her strong season by recording 21 assists and six digs along with two service aces. Golden led all players with 15 digs as she keeps accelerating in her libero role.

Florida State began the fall season 1-3 without the services of Knuth, FSU’s All-American who is the nation’s active career leader in blocks and blocks per set. The Johnston, Iowa, native was injured during fall play, as her impact on the team in the spring has equated to FSU averaging nearly one more block per set.

Sophomore middle blocker Emma Clothier added nine kills, six blocks and a .533 hitting percentage. Clothier (fifth) and Knuth (first) rank in the Top 5 nationally in hitting percentage, forming one of the strongest middle blocker tandems in the country.

FSU hit .364 in the match while Syracuse attacked at just a .037 clip, getting 22 kills to 18 attack errors. FSU added 8.0 team blocks while the Orange mustered just two.

Related Articles