TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball middle blockers Taryn Knuth and Emma Clothier picked up more All-America honors as both were named to the Volleyball Magazine Honorable Mention All-America Team.
Recently, Knuth was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Third Team All-American while Clothier was crowned with honorable mention honors. Clothier became the 22nd All-American in Florida State Volleyball’s history.
“Congratulations to Taryn and Emma for being recognized by Volleyball Magazine as Honorable Mention All-Americans,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “Volleyball is growing around the country and there are a lot of great players. With Taryn and Emma finishing No. 1 and No. 2 in the hitting percentage in the nation, this is a great tribute to the success and improvement of our passing and setting this spring as well.”
Clothier returns next season for her junior year as one of the country’s elite hitting middle blockers. In her short time at Florida State, she earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors in 2019 and was selected to the conference’s first team this past season. With Knuth missing this past fall due to injury, Clothier was the focal point for the Seminoles and began the year with a dominant 15-kill performance along with a .682 hitting percentage at Georgia Tech.
The native of Carrollton, Texas, helps form one of the nation’s best middle blocker tandems with Knuth. As a freshman she attacked at a .256 clip and nearly doubled that output by hitting .483 as a sophomore. She doubled her kills per set numbers from 1.33 as a freshman to 2.7 in the 2020-21 pandemic-challenged year.
Knuth, who has the option to return for another season due to the shortened COVID year, adds to her growing list of honors. Individually, she has accomplished nearly everything at FSU that includes being a four-time All-ACC selection, the 2017 ACC Rookie of the Year, the 2019 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and being a three-time All-American.
Knuth ranks first in FSU history with 1.6 blocks per set and is second among Seminoles in the rally scoring era with 579 career blocks, ranking behind Ashley Neff’s 612 total blocks from 2010-13. Overall, Knuth ranks fifth on the school’s career list, with Gabrielle Reece’s 747 total blocks ranking first from 1987-90.
Knuth and Clothier headlined a strong spring season for the Seminoles where they went 13-2 and emerged as one of the ACC’s hottest teams.