TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (12-7, 8-1 ACC) took down Georgia Tech (13-9, 2-7 ACC) on Friday night in a close four-set battle. The Seminoles earned double-digit blocks for the 11th time this season and outhit their opponent for the 14th time to remain the only one-loss team in the ACC.
The Seminoles have now claimed the last seven matches in the series against the Yellow Jackets, with Friday night’s match marking the first four-set decision in that stretch.
The offensive effort was once again led by junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey, who put down 19 kills on 57 attacks. Her counterpart, redshirt senior Christina Ambrose, saw a .407 attack percentage with 13 kills for her fifth game of the season hitting above .400.
On defense, Florida State was led by sophomore middle blocker Taryn Knuth in the front row, as she put down six total blocks (one solo). Senior libero Kelsey Wicinski saw her fourth consecutive match with more than 20 kills as she picked up 23 on Friday night.
Redshirt senior setter Adrian Ell earned her fourth double-double of the season, and second in only two weeks, with 22 assists and 14 digs in the match.
The Seminoles will host Clemson on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers 11-11 (2-7 ACC) most recently swept Miami in Coral Gables on Friday night for the Hurricane’s third conference loss this season.
Tully Gym will act as a designated donation center for Hurricane Michael Relief during Sunday’s match, and fans and members of the community are encouraged to bring requested items to donate to those affected by the recent hurricane.
Set 1 – FSU 25, GT 21
The opening set started out close between both teams, as the score went back and forth throughout the set. Georgia Tech’s tough defensive presence at the net kept FSU’s offense down, but the Seminoles were eventually able to take more swings to put down more kills to gain an edge in the set.
While the Yellow Jackets took the first point, the set saw eight tie scores and three lead changes until FSU was able to hold the lead after a block from Ambrose and Knuth gave the Seminoles a 15-14 lead. From there, an increased offensive presence helped Florida State close out the first set for a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set 2 – GT 25, FSU 23
Georgia Tech jumped out to an early lead in the second set, but a 5-1 run for the Seminoles helped FSU jump out to as much as a 5-3 lead over Tech. From there, the set saw five tied scores and four lead changes. After four consecutive points helped the Jackets gain a 13-11 lead over FSU, Georgia Tech was able to hold the lead until the end to tie up the match at 1-1.
Both teams saw their most efficient offensive performance in the second set, as the Yellow Jackets hit .367 with a match-high 16 kills on their fewest attacks (30), while the Seminoles hit .40 with 14 kills on only 25 attacks.
Set 3 – FSU 25, GT 20
The Seminoles came out of intermission with the first three points in the set, and held the lead until the end. FSU never let the Yellow Jackets catch up or tie the score, and the Seminoles held at least a three-point edge over their opponent throughout the set.
An improved defensive performance on Florida State’s side of the net helped to slow Georgia Tech’s offense, as the Yellow Jackets saw more attempts but were unable to put down as many kills in the third set. Three total blocks from five different FSU players helped to keep Tech back, while 22 total digs (led by Wicinski’s 10) prevented the opponent from putting the ball down.
Set 4 – FSU 25, GT 23
FSU once again took the lead in the set and never handed it over, as the Seminoles earned the first three points of the final set on two aces from Brianne Burkert and a kill from Caffrey. While the Seminoles saw a lower hitting percentage in the fourth set and picked up only one block, FSU’s back row kept the ball in play to let GT make its own errors.
Just went it appeared FSU would run away with the final set, Tech was able to rally to go 10-2 in the end of the set to jump up from a nine-point deficit to only one point at FSU’s match point before the Seminoles closed out the set.
Florida State and the Tallahassee Police Department are teaming up for Operation First Responder & Family Relief. Tully Gym will be a designated donation station during the 1:00 pm volleyball match on Sunday (10/21), and fans and members of the community are encouraged to bring requested items to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Requested items: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, towels, baby products, sanitizing wipes, under garments, toys.
No. 21 Louisville will take on No. 6 Pitt on the Panthers’ turf this Sunday. Both teams are undefeated in conference play are tied for the lead in the ACC, while Pitt is undefeated overall this season.
Virginia took Louisville to five sets on Friday night after winning the first and fourth sets, but dropped the fifth 15-2 to the Cardinals.
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