January 29, 2020
Taryn Knuth Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year As Four Noles Named To All-ACC Academic Team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With an outstanding season on the court that saw her earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, junior Taryn Knuth has also been recognized for her work in the classroom as the middle blocker posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester, to go along with her 3.956 cumulative GPA in Sport Management, and has been named the 2019 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

It is just the second time in program history that the Seminoles have had the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as Knuth joins Brianna Barry from 2009.

“Taryn is an amazing student-athlete,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “While she has great volleyball skills, she is also a great student and team leader. I am very proud that we had four players recognized for their academics and excited that Taryn has earned this award.”

Knuth was joined on the All-ACC Academic Team by Emma Clothier, Taylor Roberts and Madison Sullivan. It marked the third time that Knuth was recognized by the conference, while it is the first time that Clothier, Roberts and Sullivan have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Taryn Knuth Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year As Four Noles Named To All-ACC Academic Team
Taryn Knuth Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year As Four Noles Named To All-ACC Academic Team

The four selections for Florida State is tied for the third most in the conference this season, and also ties 2008, 2013 and 2016 for the most FSU athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team. ACC Champion Pitt led the conference with seven selections, Louisville followed with six, while Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech each placed four.

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2019 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Taryn Knuth, Florida State, MB, Jr., Sport Management

2019 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team
Alyssa Deloney, Clemson, Jr., Marketing
McKenna Slavik, Clemson, Fr., Sports Communication
Mackenzie Cole, Duke, So., Undeclared
Lily Cooper, Duke, So., Undeclared
Emma Clothier, Florida State, Fr., Exploratory
Taryn Knuth***, Florida State, Jr., Sport Management
Taylor Roberts, Florida State, Jr., Psychology
Madison Sullivan, Florida State, Sr., Exercise Physiology
Julia Bergmann, Georgia Tech, Fr., Physics
Mariana Brambilla**, Georgia Tech, So., Psychology
Mikaila Dowd**, Georgia Tech, So., Biomedical Engineering
Kayla Kaiser, Georgia Tech, So., Literature, Media & Communication
Victoria Dilfer, Louisville, Jr., Marketing
Alexis Hamilton, Louisville, So., Health & Human Performance
Aiko Jones, Louisville, So., Biology
Melanie McHenry***, Louisville, Sr., Early Education
Anna Stevenson, Louisville, Jr., Sport Administration
Amaya Tillman, Louisville, Fr., Sport Administration
Elizaveta Lukianova**, Miami, Jr., Management & Marketing Double Major
Parker Austin, North Carolina, Fr., Exercise and Sport Science
Mia Fradenburg, North Carolina, Sr., Environmental Health Sciences
Carly Peck, North Carolina, Fr., Undecided
Aristea Tontai, North Carolina, Jr., Biology
Kaylee Frazier, NC State, Jr, Business Administration
Lexis Akeo, Pitt, Fr., Undeclared – Business
Hali Hillegas, Pitt, Sr., Social Sciences
Kayla Lund**, Pitt, Jr., Communications and Psychology
Chinaza Ndee**, Pitt, Jr., Natural Sciences
Sabrina Starks, Pitt, So., Undeclared
Layne Van Buskirk**, Pitt, Sr., Communications
Stephanie Williams****, Pitt, Sr., Exercise Science
Polina Shemanova**, Syracuse, So., Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Jelena Novakovic, Virginia, Gr., Educational Psychology (MED): Social Foundations
Talyn Jackson, Virginia Tech, So., Criminology
Caitlin Clarke, Wake Forest, Sr., Psychology
Peyton Suess, Wake Forest, Fr., Undeclared

* – indicates total number of career All-ACC Academic honors

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