September 26, 2021 - by

Volleyball Falls at No. 5 Louisville

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – A strong offensive display by fifth-ranked Louisville volleyball was too much for Florida State as it fell on the road, 0-3 (13-25, 16-25, 19-25), at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The loss was the Seminoles’ (8-3, 1-1) first in ACC play this season, splitting their road weekend as they began the conference season with a 3-1 win at Notre Dame on Friday night.

The Cardinals (12-0, 2-0) hit .439 in the match, led by Claire Chaussee’s 14 kills and .619 hitting percentage.

“It’s always disappointing to lose a match, but Louisville is a very good team,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “There is simply a difference in experience of our two teams this year. Louisville has back a couple of award-winning super seniors and that extra maturity is making a big difference for some teams around the country.

“Most of the top teams in the ACC and the country have that advantage this year. We will learn from this experience and keep working hard. We are excited to be back home this weekend and have a chance to train all week. If there was a positive today, our best set was the third and we kept fighting. Just too many mistakes under pressure.”

Junior defensive specialist Lauryn Burrows led Florida State with 13 digs to finish a strong weekend for the Marietta, Ga., native. She recorded a career-best 23 digs in FSU’s ACC opener at Notre Dame.

Freshman outside hitter Audrey Koenig had an efficient performance, hitting .421 and producing eight kills with no attack errors. Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier also swung well with eight kills and a .300 hitting percentage.

“I thought Audrey and Emma both had a good day,” Poole added. “This team is determined to get better.”

Freshman middle blocker Khori Louis contributed with seven kills and two blocks, while sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley added five kills and two blocks.

With a high sideout percentage by Louisville throughout the match, including 94 percent in the second set, Florida State was unable to find much rhythm. The Seminoles recorded a .186 hitting percentage in the contest, and was out-blocked by the Cardinals 6.0-2.0.

The Seminoles return for their first home weekend in ACC play, hosting NC State on Friday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., followed by North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

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