TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – After beating Duke in straight sets yesterday, the Florida State volleyball team (8-3, 4-3) repeated that feat this afternoon by defeating the Blue Devils (8-5, 6-3) in straight sets (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) once again in a non-conference match at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
FSU extends their winning streak to seven games since restarting their season this spring. The Seminoles also keep their winning streak alive over Duke, as they have now won nine straight matches against them over the past six seasons.
Leaving Durham ✌️ and 0!
FSU 26 | DU 24 – FINAL pic.twitter.com/tHaJgx0oqe
— FSU Volleyball (@FSU_Volleyball) March 6, 2021
Redshirt senior Olivia Dailey was the player of the match for the Noles, recording her second straight double-double and third of the season with 26 assists and 12 digs. She also hit .250, had four total attacks, and had a service ace in her performance.
Redshirt sophomore Morgan Chacon had a fantastic match with 12 kills and nine digs. She also hit .286 to go along with the contributed 12 points in this match and was one dig away from her fourth double-double of the season.
Senior Jasmyn Martin had a similar performance against the Blue Devils, as she tied Chacon for the team-highs in total attacks with 35 and kills with 12 total. She also hit .229 and contributed a team-high 13 points in the winning effort.
Senior Caroline Golden had a great performance with a team-high 13 digs. Sophomore Jessica Nunge and senior Taryn Knuth also played well, combining for 27 total attacks and nine kills. Knuth hit .455.
The Seminoles were neck and neck with Duke in every set. Even though the Blue Devils had more total attacks, 134-115, the Noles were able to gain an advantage in hitting percentage, .252%-.157%, as that seemed to be the difference-maker in this match.
Composure late in sets was also another factor to what helped the Noles take the weekend sweep against the Blue Devils, as all three sets won by the Noles were by two points.
The Seminoles came out hot with five straight points to start, which included two kills by Martin. Duke came back to tie the set at 23, but back-to-back points by the Noles pushed them to win the first set at 25-23.
The second set was a similar story to the first one, as FSU was up by as much as five points and Duke came back to tie it at 21. Back-to-back service aces by Golden built their lead in the middle of the set and back-to-back kills by Chacon finished a close second set for the Noles at 26-24.
Most of the third set stayed close throughout, as no team had more than a two-point lead until the Seminoles went up 13-11. Two separate runs of four points and back-to-back clutch points to end the final set is what lifted the Noles to defeated the Blue Devils in straight sets.
The Seminoles will return to action on March 12 in another conference matchup against Notre Dame at 5 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium.