BLACKSBURG, Va. — Limiting Virginia Tech to a season-low .041 hitting percentage, the Seminoles recorded their 10th sweep of the season on Friday night as RV Florida State (15-6, 9-3 ACC) defeated Virginia Tech (9-15, 2-9 ACC) on the road in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17. It is the seventh consecutive win by the Noles in the series with VT.
Coming into the match ranked third in the NCAA with 3.00 blocks per set, the Seminoles averaged 4.00 per set on Friday, led by freshman Emma Clothier who had eight blocks, including one solo. Taryn Knuth had four blocks, while Jasmyn Martin and Caleigh Morrison added three blocks apiece.
The 12 total blocks by Florida State marks the 13th time this season that the Noles have recorded double-digit blocks, and is the seventh time FSU has had 10 or more blocks in a three-set match.
“This road trip started with some adversity before we even left Tallahassee, as we had several travel delays last night and didn’t arrive at our hotel until 3:00 a.m.,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “The team really stepped up and met that adversity head on today. We were able to get a lot of players in the match and I was proud of the way that everyone kept working throughout the match.”
Payton Caffrey opened the match with a kill and Florida State and Virginia Tech traded points to begin the first set until an ace by Clothier gave FSU a 10-8 lead. The Seminoles built on that success, extending their lead to 20-15 after a total of four blocks involving Knuth, Morrison and Clothier. Another block from Clothier and Martin gave the Noles set point, and Clothier’s second ace of the match secured the first set for FSU, 25-20.
Virginia Tech began the second set with a 4-2 lead, but the Seminoles went on a 9-4 run, including kills from Martin and Morgan Chacon, as well as a Chacon service ace, to create an 11-6 lead. The FSU lead grew to as much as six at 13-7, but Virginia Tech battled back to tie the match at 13-13. The Seminoles followed with a run of their own, scoring six of the next seven points to take a 19-14 lead. FSU carried that momentum to a 25-18 win, scoring each of the final four points of the set.
The Hokies held an early lead in set three, but Florida State scored four in a row, including kills from Caffrey and Martin, to move in front 7-5. The Noles continued to play well, increasing the lead to six at 16-10 behind back-to-back blocks by Clothier, as well as kills by Knuth and Chacon. Freshman Jessica Nunge got involved with a block and a kill down the stretch, while Marissa Stockman and Knuth added kills to close out the match with a 25-17 win in the third.
Caffrey led all hitters with nine kills, while Chacon and Martin finished with seven kills apiece. Lily Tessier topped the team with 15 assists, as Adrian Ell ended with 10 assists and two aces. Clothier set a career high with three service aces and freshman Lauryn Burrows finished with a career-high 11 digs, as she played the third set as libero.
The Seminoles will wrap up their weekend road trip with a match at High Point (16-9, 8-1 Big South) on Saturday, November 2. Florida State will take on the Panthers at 1:00 p.m., in a match that will be shown on ESPN+. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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