October 5, 2018 - by
Volleyball Earns Sweep Number Eight with Victory Over NC State

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (8-7, 4-1 ACC) earned another sweep on Friday night, taking down NC State (8-7, 4-1) in straight sets. The Seminoles outhit their opponent and earned 11 total blocks in the match to sweep their opponent for the eighth time this season.

In all four of FSU’s wins in the ACC this season, they have hit above .300 and outhit their opponent, holding three of those teams to just over .100 hitting. The Seminoles have seen double-digit blocks in three conference matches this season, only three of which saw only one blocking error.

Florida State’s offense was led by junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey, who picked up 14 kills to lead both teams, and added on two blocks (one solo). FSU’s front row defensive effort was led by sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth, who saw eight blocks (two solo) in the match to lead the team outright in blocks for the 10th time this season.

Sophomore middle blocker Deja Williams saw a perfect offensive performance for the first time in her career, as she put down seven kills on seven total attacks (1.000). Seven kills also ties her career high record.

FSU returns on Sunday afternoon to host UNC (5-9, 1-4 ACC), who fell to Miami in four sets on Friday night. The match will air on ESPN2, and the team will retire Seminole legend Gabrielle Reece’s jersey prior to the match.


Set 1 – FSU 25, NCSU 17

The Seminoles saw a consistent effort at the net in the first set from early on, as the Seminoles outhit the Wolfpack with a .400 percentage, picked up 12 kills, and used five total blocks to keep NC State hitting .000.

FSU’s offense only saw one unforced error in the set, and five players earned at least one kill without picking up an error. Taryn Knuth and Deja Williams both hit a perfect 1.000, earning two kills and three kills respectively. Payton Caffrey earned her third solo block of the season in the first set, while Danielle Pennington led the back row with four digs.


Set 2 – FSU 25, NCSU 22

While the Wolfpack cut back on attack errors in the second set, the Seminoles picked up two blocks and held NC State back with 15 digs from nine different players in the set. While FSU’s offense stayed consistent and took more swings for more kills, NC State’s offense was also able to come back to hit .306 in the set with 17 kills.

Caffrey found her groove in the second set, leading the team with seven kills on 12 attacks (.417). Williams also stayed perfect in the second set, picking up three kills on three attacks.


Set 3 – FSU 25, NCSU 22

The third set saw similarly efficient offensive performance from FSU, as the Seminoles hit above .300 with 14 kills. While the offense stayed strong, it was a tough defensive effort that kept the ball in play and forced errors on the Wolfpack. FSU picked up four blocks in the set, each of which involved Knuth (one solo, three assisted). The Seminoles also saw 11 digs in the set, which kept the Wolfpack from putting down kills.

The match ended with a pair of service errors, but the Seminoles were able to close out the final set to earn their eighth sweep of the season and fourth in conference play.


Match Notes

  • Sophomore middle blocker Deja Williams saw her first perfect offensive performance of her career. She hit 1.000 with seven kills on seven attacks to lead the Seminoles in hitting percentage.
  • Taryn Knuth has hit above .400 in seven matches this season, and has earned multiple solo blocks five times.
  • Payton Caffrey was the only Seminole to hit double-digit kills, and her 14 kills on the night led both teams.
  • Adrian Ell and Kelsey Wicinski each saw two service aces in the match.
  • The Seminoles have won all eight of their victories this season in straight sets.
  • FSU has hit above .300 in all four of its ACC wins this season.
  • The team’s 11 blocks against NC State marks the eighth time this season the Seminoles have seen double-digit blocks.
  • FSU saw nine service errors on Friday night, the most it has seen in a match this season. The Seminoles saw eight errors at FAMU and at Virginia, two matches FSU also swept.


Florida State vs. North Carolina
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm
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Scouting the Tar Heels

  • UNC had a tough non-conference schedule this season, picking up wins over UNCG, Maryland Eastern Shore, Oklahoma and Elon. The team’s only losses came to opponents who were ranked or received votes in the AVCA Top-25.
  • The Tar Heels started off conference play hosting Notre Dame and Louisville, falling in straight sets to the Fighting Irish and in five to the Cardinals. Most recently, UNC rallied from behind to defeat NC State at home before dropping a road match to Virginia Tech. It marked the team’s first confer­ence win this season.
  • Ava Bell has taken command of UNC’s offense the past two weeks, hitting a team-best .392 in ACC play. Destiny Cox leads the team with 164 kills, 3.57 kills/set.
  • Head Coach Joe Sagula is one of only two other ACC coaches remaining in the conference since Coach Poole arrived in 2008 (along with Duke’s Jolene Nagel).


  • Florida State leads the series between the two teams 40-24, with a 30-20 ACC record against the Tar Heels.
  • The Seminoles won the last meeting between the two 3-0 at home, but both teams have passed the wins back and forth – the Seminoles have gone 10-6 against the Tar Heels since Coach Poole’s arrival in 2008.
  • With 64 meetings between the two teams (prior to Sunday), FSU has faced UNC more than any other opponent in program history.


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