TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball begins Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend with two tough road matchups at Notre Dame (Friday at 7 p.m. on ACCNX) and at No. 5 Louisville (Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNews).
The Seminoles (7-2, 0-0) are off to their best nine-match start since 2017 despite having one of their youngest teams in program history. Florida State’s freshmen have stepped up in a variety of ways coupled with the team’s veteran presence, with redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon leading the way last match in a 3-1 win over No. 14 Florida at Tully Gym.
The native of Crown Point, Ind., has three double-doubles in her last four matches and is enjoying a very strong season for the Noles. In FSU’s win over Florida, she recorded 14 kills (.268 hitting percentage) and 14 digs, showcasing herself as one of the most versatile players in the ACC.
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Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier has become one of the top servers in the ACC. The returning AVCA All-American is second in the conference averaging 0.53 aces per set, and has four straight matches with two aces each.
Freshman libero Emery Dupes’ 133 digs are the most by a Seminole through the team’s first nine matches since Cecilie Woie had 161 in 2017. Dupes has seven matches with double-digit digs this season, including three with 20 or more.
The Seminoles rank second in the ACC with 16.03 digs per set, trailing only rival Miami (16.12). FSU ranks 51st nationally in the category. FSU has one of its best serving teams in recent memory, ranking third in the ACC with 1.84 aces per set as well as 41st nationally.
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Florida State’s 3-1 win over No. 14 Florida marked the program’s 27th Top 15 win, with the last one coming at home vs. No. 14 Notre Dame in a 3-2 win on March 12, 2021. Chacon (18) and Clothier (13) combined for 31 kills in the match vs. the Fighting Irish (3-7, 0-0) last year, while Caroline Golden (17) and Lauryn Burrows (13) combined for 30 digs.
The Seminoles own an 11-5 all-time record vs. Notre Dame, with the first match taking place on Oct. 9, 1992, in South Bend. FSU is 4-2 all-time on the road vs. the Fighting Irish, with Friday’s meeting being its first at Notre Dame since 2018.
FSU is 14-9 all-time against the fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals (10-0, 0-0), which includes a 3-1 loss last season when the two teams met in Charlottesville, Va., on March 20, 2021. UofL owns impressive wins this season vs. No. 6 Purdue (W, 3-0), home vs. No. 8 Kentucky (W, 3-2) and at No. 6 Nebraska (W, 3-0).
Sunday’s Louisville match on ESPNews will include Olympic volleyball play-by-play announcer Paul Sunderland and Louisville volleyball Alum Jennifer Hoffman on the call.