DURHAM, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – In one of its most crisp performances of the season, Florida State Volleyball walked out of Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19) win on Sunday afternoon, defeating Duke for the 10th consecutive time.
The Seminoles (11-4, 4-2) used a very efficient attack to take home their second ACC road win of the young season. FSU hit .281 in the match, bolstered by a .417 hitting percentage in a dominant third set.
Freshman middle blocker Khori Louis was nearly unstoppable, recording 14 kills, a .520 hitting percentage and four blocks. Redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon was incredibly efficient, adding 12 kills, a .367 hitting percentage and just one attack error in 30 swings. She propelled FSU with an enormous third set and a keyed a big run. Chacon also had 16 digs for another double-double.
Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier recorded 12 kills, two service aces and seven digs. Sophomore Sydney Conley was productive from the right side with eight kills, five digs and a block.
FSU’s passing was superb all match long. Junior Lauryn Burrows, who leads FSU with 3.68 digs per set in ACC play, had a team-high 17 digs. Freshman libero Emery Dupes recorded 14 digs, while setter Lily Tessier added 10. Tessier also picked up 48 assists, three blocks and two kills in the match.
Duke’s Moorea Wood and Ade Owokoniran each led the Blue Devils with 14 kills apiece. FSU out-blocked FSU 7-5 overall.
Florida State came back from a 22-20 hole to win the first set 25-23. One of the key points came with the set tied at 23-23 and a difficult dig by Dupes sparked a winning rally as Clothier finished with the kill to make it 24-23 Seminoles. The set ended on a Duke attack error that sailed out of bounds. FSU faced late deficits of 18-20, 19-21 and 20-22 before coming back to win.
14 kills | .520 hitting % | 4 blocks
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Duke hit .406 in the second set to help break a deadlock midway through and win 10 of the next 14 points to knot it up at 1-1. Louis hit efficiently through the first two sets, showing seven kills and just one error in 12 attacks. Dupes led FSU with eight digs through the first two sets.
Chacon enjoyed a big third set as FSU hit .417 in the frame to win 25-19. Chacon ended it with an off-speed kill as the set was keyed by a 10-2 start. The momentum transferred to the fourth set as well as a 9-0 run by FSU was all it needed to put the Blue Devils away in four.
The Seminoles host Virginia on Friday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in what will be FSU’s ‘Paint it Pink’ match to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. More plans on the big event will be announced during the upcoming week.