TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State volleyball’s Taryn Knuth and Payton Caffrey were named Honorable Mention All-Americans, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Wednesday. This marks the first All-American recognition for both players, and they become the program’s 19th and 20th players to receive an All-American award.
“I’m really proud of how hard Payton and Taryn played this year,” said head coach Chris Poole. “They are both very deserving to be recognized nationally. I know they both have high expectations and helped lead us through this season. They are both great teammates and have a bright future.”
Both Knuth and Caffrey were most recently named to the AVCA All-East Region Team, with Caffrey taking home the region’s Player of the Year honor.
This marks the eighth year Florida State saw multiple players earn and All-American recognition, starting with Brianna Barry, Jordana Price, Mira Djuric and Rachael Morgan in 2009 – Poole’s second season at Florida State. Since then, FSU has seen at least one player earn the award every year. FSU has three Second Team honorees, one Third Team recognition, and has now seen 23 players earn Honorable Mention.
Caffrey was named the ACC Player of the Year earlier this season, after finishing the regular season leading the conference in kills (462), kills per set (4.36), points (521.5) and points per set (4.92), all of which are ranked in the top 30 nationally. The Chuluota, Fla. native was the only player in the conference with 300 or more kills in ACC play this season, and the only player with an average of more than five points per set. Her 346.5 total points in ACC play is more than 30 points higher than the next player below her.
Caffrey set the program’s rally scoring era record for total attacks, picking up 1,155 in 2018. Her 476 kills ranks third in the modern era, while her 4.37 kills per set ranks second in the modern era and fifth all-time. In ACC play alone, her 305 kills and 728 total attacks this season both rank third all-time, while her 4.42 kills per set ranks fifth.
Knuth built on her impressive freshman season in her second year at Florida State. Her 188 total blocks and 1.72 blocks per set both led the conference this season, and those stats still rank second and third in the nation, respectively. The Johnston, Iowa native’s 1.72 blocks per set ranks second in program history, while her 188 total blocks ranks ninth all-time (behind Gabrielle Reece’s 189 blocks earned her senior year).
Knuth’s 1.72 blocks per set in 2018 set the program’s rally scoring era record, and ranks second all-time. She also tied the second-most solo blocks earned in the modern scoring era with 30, tied for fourth place with 158 assisted blocks, and earned the third-most total blocks in the modern era with 188. In ACC play, Knuth set three program records with 109 assisted blocks, 129 total blocks and 1.87 blocks per set.
The ACC saw 14 players on the Honorable Mention list, with two players representing Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame and Syracuse, and three representing Louisville and Pittsburgh.
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