TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State (19-9, 11-7) volleyball team fell at home in three sets (22-25, 14-25, 11-25) to No. 14 Georgia Tech (23-5, 14-4) on Friday night in what was the last match of the regular season.
Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier was the bright spot offensively for the Noles with a team-high eight kills, three blocks and a .333 attacking percentage. Freshman libero Emery Dupes led the team with 11 digs.
Morgan Chacon added six kills, while Audrey Koenig chipped in with five. Despite the loss, FSU was already assured fifth place in the ACC after Notre Dame fell to top-ranked Louisville, 3-1.
Florida State compiled a 19-9 overall record in a season where it fielded its youngest team since 1999, getting several breakthrough performances throughout the year from young talents like Skye Ekes, Koenig, Dupes, Khori Louis, Ava Pitchford and Sydney Conley. Veterans such as Chacon, Lily Tessier, Caroline Golden, Emma Clothier and Lauryn Burrows continued to make leaps in their own games to add to what has been a strong season so far.
Georgia Tech attacker Julia Bergmann had a solid performance with 15 kills and a .440 hitting percentage, while Bianca Bertolino added 14 kills and 13 digs.
The opening set saw the teams go back and forth early on with the match tied at 6-6. The Noles remained close throughout the set with Koenig and Clothier each providing four kills.
The second set followed a similar pattern with Georgia Tech pulling away after it was tied at 5-5. The Yellow Jackets would do the same in the final set.
With six wins against the Top 42 of the NCAA RPI, FSU is expected to make its 12th NCAA Tournament in the last 13 seasons. The NCAA Volleyball Selection Show will air on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.