TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (5-6, 1-0 ACC) starts off conference play on the right foot this season, as the Seminoles swept Duke (6-4, 0-1) on Friday night in both teams’ ACC opener.
The Seminoles saw their second best offensive performance of the season against one of the ACC’s top defenses on Friday night, hitting .438 (51-5-105) and adding on seven total blocks and 41 digs for a well-balanced effort.
Florida State has now taken the last five matches in the series against Duke, and Poole’s record against the Blue Devils moves to 12-5. The last time the Seminoles swept Duke was in 2013, with Friday night’s victory marking the sixth time FSU topped Duke in straight sets.
Florida State hosts Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm for its second conference match of the season. The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra. The ACC schedule saw six sweeps in the seven matches played on Friday night.
The Seminoles were faced with a tough Duke team from early on in the set, but FSU was able to stay consistent to keep the set close. Pressure on offense from the start helped the Seminoles fight through Duke’s tough back row defense, and their ability to control the ball helped them set the tempo and stay in the lead.
While the Blue Devils recorded more kills and more digs than the Seminoles in the first set, FSU set the pace by hitting .400 with 14 kills and only two errors, and sent the ball back to Duke’s side more often to let them make their own errors.
Florida State carried over the momentum it gained in the first set and started off strong in the beginning of the second set, letting Duke stay close but holding the lead over the opponent until the end. A more consistent defensive effort by the Seminoles let the offense run tougher plays, and four total blocks slowed the Blue Devils’ front row.
FSU hit .395 in the set, led by Ambrose’s six kills and fueled by Burkert’s eight assists.
An errorless set helped Florida State close out the sweep, as the Seminoles hit .514 with 19 kills, and didn’t earn one attack, service or blocking error in the set. The ball was set to Caffrey 14 times while she put down seven of them, but Knuth led the front row with a .800 hitting percentage (four kills on five attacks).
A well-distributed defensive effort saw 16 digs, setting the offense up for 37 total attacks in the set. The Seminoles’ kill leader of the night, Ambrose, finished it off with a pair of back-to-back kills to end the sweep.
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