TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball opened its home season in style with an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13) sweep over Tulane on Thursday night at the Four Points Tallahassee Seminole Volleyball Invitational at Tully Gym.
After squeezing out a tough opening set over the Green Wave (3-2), the Seminoles (2-1) got hot in the second and third sets offensively. FSU hit .404 for the match, including .441 in the second set (15 kills and no attack errors) and .682 in the third frame (16 kills and one attack error). FSU held Tulane to just .193 hitting.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon led the way with 10 kills while hitting .370. Sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley was very efficient with a career-high tying seven kills in nine attacks, while junior middle blocker Emma Clothier added eight kills, a .429 hitting percentage and three blocks.
FSU recorded a season-high seven team blocks against Tulane, which managed just one block. Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier equaled her career high in kills with four. She added 26 assists and became the 23rd Seminole to surpass the 800 career assists mark.
Tessier also led the Seminoles with eight digs, while freshman Emery Dupes and Chacon each added six. Senior Caroline Golden added four digs.
Clothier and Chacon contributed the most with 10.5 points apiece.
FSU also added five service aces on the night, with Dupes recording two.
Winning the first set shifted the momentum in FSU’s favor, as it held a 24-20 set-point advantage. But Tulane fought back hard with three consecutive points to cut it to 24-23. Freshman middle blocker Khori Louis came through by finding a soft spot in the back row that she finished with a kill to give FSU the 1-0 lead.
With Lauryn Burrows serving well, the Seminoles took major advantage in the second set. Leading 14-10, Burrows led a string of five consecutive points behind the service line as FSU took a 19-19 lead and never looked back, winning the second frame 25-13.
FSU finished off the Green Wave with another dominant set, exploiting things midway through to stretch a 5-5 tie to a 21-11 lead which included a 16-6 run in the third, winning 25-13.
FSU finishes the tournament on Friday with a doubleheader vs. Samford at 11 a.m. and a matchup against VCU at 6:30 p.m.