NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Florida State volleyball team (14-8, 10-2 ACC) faces Notre Dame and No. 24 Louisville this weekend to start off the final month of the regular season. In Sunday’s matchup with the Cardinals, a victory would give FSU its first ranked win of the season and would give the Seminoles second place in the ACC.
The Seminoles sit in a tie for second place in the conference with the Cardinals with a 10-2 ACC record. The top two teams in the conference both suffered losses last weekend to help the Seminoles catch up, as Louisville fell to Syracuse and undefeated Pitt lost to Duke.
Sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth continues to lead the Seminoles at the net this season. Her 1.61 blocks per set and 132 total blocks both lead the ACC and rank third and seventh in the nation, respectively.
Knuth has also been FSU’s most consistent offensive player, as her .394 hitting percentage leads the team and ranks 20th nationally. Having a number of consistent players in the front row has led the Seminoles to a .279 hitting percentage, which is the second-best in the conference and the 10th best percentage in the nation.
Junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey is ranked second in the conference with 841 points per set (30th nationally), 4.16 kills per set (35th nationally) and 388.5 total points earned (58th nationally). Her 341 total kills ranks third in the conference, and her 10.26 attacks per set sits sixth in the ACC – both of which also rank in the top 100 in the country.
Senior libero Kelsey Wicinski has made her way into the national rankings, as her 345 digs ranks fourth in the conference and 194th nationally. She has also led the team outright in digs on 20 occasions, and has seen double-digit digs in 17 matches this season. Wicinski has seen six 20-dig outings this season, five of which have come in FSU’s last seven matches.
The Seminoles look for their first top-25 win in nearly two years on Sunday. If both the Cardinals and the Seminoles win on Friday night, Sunday’s matchup will be a contest to take second place in the conference. Both matches will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
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