WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Recording 10 blocks and 38 kills on Sunday, No. 23 Florida State (8-3, 2-0 ACC) remained undefeated in ACC play with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 win on the road at Wake Forest (10-3, 0-2 ACC). It is the seventh consecutive season that the Seminoles have started the conference season with a 2-0 record.
The 10 blocks on Sunday mark the fifth time in 11 matches this season that the Seminoles have recorded double-digit blocks, and four of those have come in three-set matches. Florida State entered the weekend ranked eighth in the nation with 2.98 blocks per set. Taryn Knuth led the Noles on Sunday with seven blocks, including two solo, while six different Seminoles recorded a block on Sunday.
“We came out flat during the first set this afternoon, and never really got into a flow,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Wake Forest played hard and with confidence, but I am proud of the way we continued to battle, even when we were not as sharp as we wanted. Offensively, we are going to need to improve, as there were too many easy balls that we didn’t execute. It will be good to get back home and do more training. There is still a lot of potential for this team.”
The first set was a close battle until a 5-0 run by the Seminoles put FSU in front, 9-5, with a trio of blocks by Knuth and two from Marissa Stockman. Wake Forest regained the lead at 13-12, but it was short lived as freshman Emma Clothier posted a block and a kill on back-to-back points to give the Noles a 14-13 lead. Florida State led for the rest of the set, capped by a Wake Forest service error to give the Noles a 25-19 win.
Florida State started the second set strong on an ace by Lily Tessier and a pair of kills by Clothier. Wake Forest got within one at 7-6, but the Seminoles used a 6-1 run to take a 13-7 lead, highlighted by kills from Payton Caffrey and Knuth. The Seminole lead grew to as much as eight at 20-12 after a pair of blocks by Deja Williams and a service ace by Adrian Ell. Wake Forest held off a pair of set points and cut the lead to four at 24-20, but a Caffrey kill gave FSU the second set, 25-20.
Wake Forest opened the third set with a 3-2 lead, but the Seminoles scored the next three points, including an ace from Taylor Roberts, to take a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the match. An ace by Tessier grew the Seminole lead to 13-8, and a block by Jasmyn Martin and Knuth maintained the five-point advantage at 19-14. The Noles scored six of the final nine points in the set, as Caffrey’s team-high 13th kill of the match secured the 25-17 victory.
Caffrey added eight digs and two blocks, and Martin led the team with a .375 hitting percentage on eight kills and just two errors. Tessier (16) and Ell (14) split the setting duties, and Madison Sullivan added seven digs as the starting libero.
The Seminoles will return home this coming week for matches against Virginia and No. 4 Pitt on October 4 and 6, respectively. Links for the broadcasts and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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