ORLANDO, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball fought to the bitter end, but it wasn’t enough as it fell at UCF on Friday night, 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 18-25, 13-15), in its second match of the UCF Invitational in Orlando.
The Seminoles (5-2) snap their four-match win streak after defeating Georgia in five sets on Thursday and winning all three matches at their home tournament last week.
As shown on the scoreboard, the match was relatively even throughout. FSU hit .180 while the Knights (4-4) hit .184. Both teams recorded 13 blocks, UCF totaled 67 kills to FSU’s 63, and the Seminoles amassed 93 digs compared to 92 by UCF.
“Our team played hard, but there was just too much experience on the UCF side,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “This was basically the same team UCF had in the spring when we knocked them off 3-2 at home, but our inexperience showed under pressure tonight. The positive is that we battled hard and fought until the end.”
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Junior middle blocker and returning All-American Emma Clothier caught fire in the match, recording 14 kills, hitting .407 and adding eight blocks. She scored in a variety of ways on Friday night and proved to be a difficult individual matchup for UCF. Clothier also added two service aces.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon had another double-double with 14 kills, 16 digs and six blocks.
It was another tremendous performance from redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier. The Fort Myers native tallied 49 assists and added a career-high 19 digs as well as three blocks.
Senior defensive specialist Caroline Golden tied her collegiate career high with 21 digs, matching the same total she had against Houston Baptist when she played at Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 3, 2018.
Freshman libero Emery Dupes once against surpassed her career high with 26 digs, coming off 23 digs recorded vs. Georgia.
Freshman middle blocker Khori Louis added nine kills along with five blocks, and freshman middle blocker Skye Ekes gained some valuable time with eight kills.
Florida State showed a lot of heart battling in the final set. UCF had match point leading 14-9, but kills by Chacon and Tessier kept the Seminoles in it trailing by three. A solo block by Clothier cut the deficit to 14-12, and a UCF attack error put the pressure on the Knights as FSU was down only 14-13.
The Knights won the match on a kill by McKenna Melville, who finished with 27 kills and 28 digs.
FSU wraps up the UCF Invitational facing FGCU on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.