TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Continuing its undefeated start in conference play, No. 23 Florida State (9-3, 3-0 ACC) posted a four-set victory over Virginia (9-7, 1-2 ACC) on Friday night by the score of 25-19, 25-14, 17-25, 25-22.
The Seminoles were led offensively by redshirt freshman Morgan Chacon, who finished with a .414 hitting percentage and 15 kills. The outside hitter did not commit an attacking error until the third set, after recording 11 kills on her first 18 attacks. Senior Payton Caffrey recorded a team-high 20 kills on the night as the Noles ended with a .349 hitting percentage.
“I thought we played pretty well, for the most part, in the first two sets,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We played really well in the second set, so it was disappointing the way we fell off in the third set, and came out so flat in the fourth. I think the team realized they needed to step up and take control, and I was glad to see us finish the way we did. But certainly, we will need to continue to get better and need to be able to eliminate mistakes.”
It was an offensive start to the first set as both team were hitting over .400 through the middle of the first set, as neither team managed to take more than a two-point lead until a Virginia attack error gave Florida State a 19-16 lead. The Seminoles controlled the final portion of the set, including kills from Taryn Knuth and Chacon, and the duo combined on a block to give FSU the first set, 25-19.
Caffrey gave the Seminoles a 11-8 lead in the second set after three consecutive kills. Florida State grew its lead to 18-10 after a 6-0 run, which included kills from Chacon and Marissa Stockman. The Noles continued to dominate offensively, posting a .567 hitting percentage for the entire second set, taking a 2-0 lead on a 25-14 win.
Virginia opened the third set with a 5-0 run and the Seminoles worked back into the set, making it 8-6 after a kill from Chacon. Despite aces from Caffrey and Taylor Roberts, along with a pair of blocks from Knuth, the Seminoles would not get any closer as Virginia took the third set, 25-17.
It was back and forth to start the fourth set, until Virginia used a 3-0 run to take a 6-3 lead. The Noles posted kills from Knuth and Caffrey, but the Cavaliers expanded its lead to 14-7 in the middle of the set. The Seminoles scored the next four points to cut the UVA lead to 14-11, including back-to-back aces from Roberts. Florida State continued to rally, scoring six consecutive points to take the lead at 18-17 on Caffrey’s 18th kill of the match. Highlighted by a kill from Jasmyn Martin, the Noles scored three of the last four points to secure the victory with a 25-22 win.
Knuth was errorless on the attack with five kills and added four blocks, while Lily Tessier finished with a career-high 34 assists. Roberts set a career high with three service aces and finished with a season-high 10 digs, while Martin and Emma Clothier ended with seven and six kills, respectively.
The Seminoles will wrap up the weekend with a home match against No. 4 Pitt (14-1, 3-0 ACC) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The contest between two Top 25 teams will air nationally on ACC Network and links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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