TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a tight conference battle that went to a tiebreaker in two of the three sets, RV Florida State (11-5, 5-2 ACC) recorded a sweep over Boston College (14-6, 5-2 ACC) on Friday night by the score of 26-24, 25-20, 31-29. It is the 17th consecutive victory for the Seminoles over the Eagles, dating back to 2008, and FSU has only dropped five sets to BC over that span.
The Seminoles set a season high Friday night with a .390 hitting percentage, led by senior Payton Caffrey, who recorded 16 kills to just two errors on the night. Middle blockers Emma Clothier (.556) and Taryn Knuth (.545) each hit over .500 and only committed one attacking error apiece, while outside hitters Morgan Chacon and Jasmyn Martin finished with 11 and eight kills, respectively.
“Certainly glad to get the victory tonight,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We primarily spent most of the week getting everyone healthy from illness and injury, so I wasn’t completely sure how we would come out and if we were going to be in our normal rhythm. But I thought the girls continued to play hard, even though our passing wasn’t where it needed to be. That caused us to struggle a bit, but offensively, we did a great job. Boston College is a very good team that runs a very fast offense, equivalent of a basketball fast break. So it puts a lot of stress on your team, but I thought we did really well overall.”
Boston College opened the first set with a pair of points, but the Seminoles went on a 5-0 run, including kills by Caffrey, Chacon and Lily Tessier to regain the lead. Florida State never trailed for the rest of the set, leading by as much as five at 17-12 on a kill by Adrian Ell that was set into open space in the back row. Boston College closed the gap and eventually tied the match at 23-23 on an ace, but the Noles scored three of the next four points, capped by a Caffrey kill, to take the set 26-24.
The second set started close until FSU scored four straight points, including kills from Knuth and Chacon to take a 9-5 lead. BC came back and scored nine of the next 12 points, to post a 14-12 lead. Kills by Caffrey, Clothier and Martin helped get the Noles back in front at 17-16, a lead that FSU would not relinquish as an ace by Ell down the stretch helped the Noles to a 25-20 win in the second frame.
The Eagles controlled much of the early going in the third set, getting out to an 11-6 lead. A block by Caffrey and Deja Williams began the comeback for the Noles and a block by Knuth and Chacon tied the set at 14-14. Florida State scored eight of the next 11 points, including an ace from Taylor Roberts, to break out to a 22-17 lead. The Seminoles earned set point at 24-19, but BC scored five straight points to extend the match. There were four lead changes in the tie breaker, with FSU serving on four set points and Boston College with two, but consecutive kills by Knuth and Caffrey closed out the set at 31-29 to secure the sweep for the Seminoles.
Tessier led the team with 23 assists, while Ell added 18. Roberts topped the squad with 12 digs, while she, Ell and Madison Sullivan recorded the three services aces for the Noles on Friday night.
Florida State will close out the weekend on Sunday, October 20 against Syracuse (5-8, 2-4 ACC). The match between the Noles and the Orange will begin at 12:00 p.m., and will be broadcast nationally on the ACC Network. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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