TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball middle blockers Taryn Knuth and Emma Clothier earned the distinction of being recognized as All-Americans, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Knuth was named a Third Team All-American by the AVCA, making her a three-time All-American at FSU while earning her first non-honorable mention honor. The Johnston, Iowa, native was a freshman All-American in 2017 and an honorable mention recipient in 2018.
Clothier earns her first All-America accolade in just her second playing season at FSU, being named an honorable mention All-American.
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“I’m so extremely proud of Taryn and Emma for this recognition,” Head Coach Chris Poole said. “They were the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the country in hitting percentage. This is the first time that I’ve had someone in the top two spots nationally in the same category. Taryn did not play in the fall due to an injury and we started 1-3, which was the difference in making the NCAA Tournament. However, we played high-level volleyball this spring with only two losses and we had wins over Top 15 Notre Dame and Top 30 UCF.
“Our passing was much improved this year and Olivia (Dailey) did an amazing job of running our offense. This was a team that was playing at a Top 20 level this spring and Taryn and Emma made an impact with our middle attack.”
It marks the eighth time Florida State Volleyball has produced multiple All-Americans in a single year, and the first since 2018 when Knuth and Payton Caffrey were recognized. The addition of Clothier’s first nationally-renowned honor means FSU has 22 All-Americans in its program’s history.
The dominant tandem also marks the third time in program history that multiple middle blockers have earned All-America honors in the same season. It happened in 2009 with Brianna Barry and current assistant coach Jordana Price, in 2012 with Ashley Neff and Sareea Freeman and now with Knuth and Clothier.
Knuth was the ultimate difference maker in FSU’s turn-around of a spring season. She immediately earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors in an opening sweep of Clemson where she delivered 23 kills and 23 blocks in two matches. Playing just in the spring season following an injury in the fall, Knuth totaled six matched with double-digit kills and had 11 matches where she hit .400 or better. The nation’s active leader in career blocks finished her senior season with an amazing .549 hitting percentage.
Clothier anchored the Seminoles in the fall season without Knuth, then continued her fine year with a productive spring. The Carrollton, Texas, native swung at a .483 clip this year and had a career performance in a big 3-2 win over UNC on March 27 when she collected 19 kills.
Clothier totaled seven matches this year with double-digit kills and had 13 matches of her own this year hitting .400 or better. She will return in 2021 as one of the nation’s most talented middle blockers.