August 27, 2021 - by
Freshmen Stand Out in Season-Opening Sweep

BATON ROUGE, La. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Indoor Volleyball freshmen Khori Louis, Audrey Koenig and Emery Dupes each had strong debuts in leading the Seminoles (1-0) to a season-opening sweep over Northern Arizona, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-16), on Friday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

Middle blocker Louis powered a team-high 11 kills in 19 attacks, hitting .474 and adding two blocks in an impressive performance. Koenig, an outside hitter, added eight kills and hit .353 along with four digs.

Freshman libero Dupes led all players with 20 digs, helping keep the Lumber Jacks (0-1) contained as they hit just .026 (21 kills, 18 attack errors) in the match.

Freshmen Stand Out in Season-Opening Sweep

“Overall, I’m pleased with the first match,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said following his 857th career win. “We started slow the first few points but took control of the set and match. The first weekend is always unpredictable and when you throw in all the things we’ve had to deal with in preseason, I’m proud of the way we battled.”

The Seminoles totaled 71 digs in the three sets played, as junior Lauryn Burrows added 11 and redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon also had 11. Chacon recorded nine kills in the match along with two blocks, falling just shy of a double-double.

Burrows added a team-best two service aces, which came in consecutive fashion in the second set.

Senior libero Caroline Golden, who returned near home as a Mandeville, La., native, was also stellar with 10 digs.

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier totaled 33 assists in the match, her most since having 39 against North Carolina on Nov. 17, 2019. She also chipped in with two blocks.

The win for the Seminoles snaps a three-year skid in season openers, getting their first opening-day victory since defeating Baylor on the road in 2017.

FSU was dominant in the opening set, winning 25-15 behind Chacon’s five kills. The Seminoles would do much of the same in the second frame, winning 25-14 to head to the brief intermission comfortably at 2-0.

Defensively, the Seminoles were virtually everywhere through two sets. NAU was hitting just .041 and Dupes was at a match-high 14 digs while Burrows added eight and Golden had seven. Chacon led FSU with eight kills in 25 swings at the break, while Louis (7 kills) and Koenig (5 kills) were efficient offensively, both hitting above .400. It was all FSU needed as it closed out with a strong third set to win the match.

Due to the threat of Hurricane Ida, Florida State will play a doubleheader on Saturday in Baton Rouge. FSU faces Michigan at 11 a.m. ET, then plays tournament host LSU at 9 p.m. ET in a match that will be streamed on SEC Network+ on the ESPN App.

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