CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Florida State volleyball team (10-7, 6-1 ACC) took down Boston College (12-7, 2-5 ACC) in a four-set battle on Friday night for the Seminoles’ third straight conference win.
Junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey led both teams with 17 kills, hitting .421 with only one error on 38 attacks. Sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth led both teams in offensive efficiency, hitting .438 with nine kills on 16 attacks. Knuth still leads the ACC with 1.56 blocks per set this season after earning five total blocks on Friday night.
The Seminoles conclude their road trip on Sunday afternoon in Syracuse. Both teams are tied for third in the conference with a 6-1 ACC record following Friday’s round of conference play.
Set 1 – FSU 25, BC 21
FSU held the lead from early on, but Boston College’s tough offense helped them tie it up for the third time at 12-all. While the Seminoles never surrendered the lead throughout the set, BC stayed close until Florida State was able to pull away at the end of the set. FSU gained its largest lead over the Eagles at 21-15 until a pair of errors from BC ended the set.
Payton Caffrey led the offense with five kills on seven attacks, while her outside counterpart Christina Ambrose took 11 swings at the ball to put down three kills. Wicisnki held down the back row with eight digs to keep the ball in play on FSU’s side.
Set 2 – BC 25, FSU 22
Boston College took an early lead in the second set, going on a 5-0 run to lead FSU 6-2 and force a timeout from the Seminoles. The Eagles took the next point, but a kill off of a slide from Ashley Murray snapped the six-point run.
The set was tied nine times, but FSU was unable to take the lead until the 19-18 mark. The Seminoles then held the lead to be the first team to 20, but BC’s offense helped them catch up to tie up the set for the eighth time at 22-all. Three errors on FSU’s side ended the set and tied up the match at one game each.
Set 3 – FSU 25, BC 21
The Seminoles took an early lead coming out of intermission, but another consistent offensive effort from the Eagles helped keep the set tight. After taking their first lead at 8-7, the set stayed close and saw seven more tied scores, but the Seminoles never surrendered the lead.
The third set was highlighted by more efficient offensive performance, as the Seminoles hit .317 with errorless performances by Ambrose, Murray and Caffrey.
Set 4 – FSU 25, BC 17
FSU’s first three points in the set came off of kills from Caffrey, but Boston College kept it close with a large presence at the net to put down more kills than the Seminoles early in the set. Caffrey went on to hit .500 in the set with five kills on 10 attacks, supported by five total blocks from Knuth (one solo), Brim and Burkert to hold the Eagles back from gaining the lead.
A kill on a slide from Knuth gave Florida State match point, but Boston College slowed the Seminoles with another kill. FSU finished it off with a block on the right side by Burkert and Mariah Brim for FSU’s ninth block of the match.
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