August 28, 2021 - by
Noles Fall to Michigan at Tiger Classic

BATON ROUGE, La. (Seminoles.com) – A strong offensive showing by the Michigan Volleyball Team propelled the Wolverines (2-0) to a 3-0 (14-25, 19-25, 16-25) win over Florida State Indoor Volleyball on Saturday morning at the Tiger Classic at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Due to the threat of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, Saturday morning’s match was FSU’s last of the tournament as it finished 1-1. The Seminoles (1-1) defeated Northern Arizona, 3-0, on Friday night to begin the season.

“This was a humbling match for our young team,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “We need these matches for a learning opportunity. We had our moments but were very inconsistent and gave up runs with our passing breaking down. We just need more time on the court training and working through our inexperience.”

Freshman libero Emery Dupes begins her career with double-digit digs in consecutive matches as she finished with 11 against Michigan. The Wolverines totaled eight team blocks and stymied an FSU offense that hit .112 in the match. Freshman outside hitter Audrey Koenig led FSU with six kills while sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley added five after coming off a career-high seven vs. Northern Arizona.

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier picked up 17 assists.

Michigan middle blocker May Pertofsky was tough to handle as she finished with 10 kills in 13 swings for a .769 hitting percentage. Fellow middle blocker Jacque Boney also had eight kills on a .571 hitting percentage as the Wolverines ran their most efficient offense through their middles.

Michigan took the first set 25-14 after pulling away late. Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier had her offensive game going with three kills in four attacks, but the Wolverines hit .281 in the frame, helped by Pertofsky’s four kills in four swings.

FSU was more competitive in the second set, getting out to a 3-1 lead before the Wolverines started taking momentum. A service error by Michigan’s Paige Jones knotted the second set at 8-8, but Michigan went on a 13-4 scoring run to put FSU in a 21-12 hole. The Seminoles hit .125 in the second set while Michigan improved offensively by hitting .359 in the second frame.

The Seminoles held strong in the final set, cutting their deficit to 17-14 on a Michigan attack error. But UM won eight of its next 10 points to close out the match.

The Seminoles host the Four Points Tallahassee Seminole Volleyball Invitational at Tully Gym from Sept. 2-3, welcoming opponents VCU, Tulane and Samford. FSU’s home opener takes place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. vs. Tulane and will air on ACC Network Extra.

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