FORT WORTH, Texas — With six service errors and 13 attacking errors, the Seminoles struggled to execute with consistency on Saturday as No. 22 Florida State (2-2) dropped a straight-set match to RV Colorado State (5-1), 23-25, 18-25, 22-25.
“Disappointed in the match, but things can happen like this early in the season where you have some inconsistency,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We played a lot of different players today to try and find the ones that were on for the day, and we really struggled the first two sets to get into any kind of rhythm whatsoever. It was actually some of the young players that came in for the third set that gave us some life, but we really need the consistency of the upperclassmen to be able to take control of the match. And we just weren’t able to do that today.”
Colorado State started well in the first set, taking early leads of 3-1 and 7-4, before FSU came back to tie it at 10-10. The Rams went on a 5-0 run to break open the set, eventually leading by seven at 22-15. A solo block by Emma Clothier began a late FSU rally to get within one at 23-22, including pair of aces by Payton Caffrey. The Noles held off one set point before a kill by CSU gave the Rams a 25-23 win.
Much like the first set, Colorado state controlled the early going, posting leads of 8-4 and 13-7, including a 5-1 run. The Seminoles had three blocks in the set, all involving Clothier, but FSU allowed four service aces to the Rams and could not get within four as CSU took set two by the score of 25-18.
It was back and forth to start the third set as neither team led by more than one until a block by Taryn Knuth and Marissa Stockman put the Noles up 7-5. Strong performances from Clothier and Knuth maintained the FSU lead at 14-12 until CSU went on an 8-1 run to take control of the set with a 20-15 lead. The Noles refused to quit and got within one point at 23-22 on a kill by Jessica Nunge, but the Rams scored the final two points to win the match in straight sets.
Knuth led the team with six kills and a .455 hitting percentage, while Clothier’s five blocks topped the squad. Setters Lily Tessier and Adrian Ell finished with 12 and 10 assists, respectively, while Caffrey ended the match with a team-high 10 digs.
The Seminoles will wrap up the Fight In The Fort on Sunday, September 8, with a match against RV TCU (3-1) at 2:00 p.m. ET. There will be an audio stream broadcast, and tickets to the match are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, ages 3-17. Links for live stats, audio stream and tickets are available on the volleyball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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