RALEIGH, N.C. — Winning its seventh-consecutive road match in ACC play, dating back to last season, No. 23 Florida State (10-4, 4-1 ACC) posted a 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 sweep over NC State (6-11, 1-4 ACC) on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum.
The Seminoles tallied 10 blocks on the night, led by five apiece from Taryn Knuth and Emma Clothier, marking the eighth time in the 14 matches this season that the Noles have posted double-digit blocks. Of those eight matches, five of them have come in straight-set victories – No. 3 Minnesota (10.0), Stony Brook (12.5), St. John’s (15.0), Wake Forest (10.0) and NC State (10.0).
“Overall it was a good match,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We did a much better job of limiting our errors tonight than we have in recent matches. We were able to have a lot of players contribute throughout the match, and that helps build the depth of our team.”
The Seminoles opened the match with three straight points, including a solo block by Knuth and a combined block from Knuth and Deja Williams. NC State came back to get within one at 5-4, but the Seminoles used kills from Payton Caffrey and Marissa Stockman, along with a service ace from Taylor Roberts to push out to a 10-5 lead. The Noles led by as much as eight at 14-6, before NC State scored six of the next eight points to make it 16-12. Florida State regained control of the set and kills by Jessica Nunge and Stockman gave FSU the first set, 25-18.
FSU got out to a 5-1 lead to begin the second set with a kill from Caffrey and an assisted block by Caffrey and Clothier. The Seminoles used a 9-1 scoring run in the middle of the set, including three service aces from Morgan Chacon and back-to-back blocks by Caffrey and Clothier, to grow their lead to 17-8. An ace by Nunge, along with a kill by Caleigh Morrison, allowed FSU to cruise to a 25-12 victory in the second set.
The Seminoles and Wolfpack alternated points to begin the third set until consecutive kills by NC State gave it a 7-6 lead. The Noles used a clean offensive attack with 12 kills and only one error in their first 17 attacks of the set to take a 17-13 lead. The Wolfpack got within two points at 19-17, but kills by Stockman and Clothier helped the Seminoles close out the match with a 25-19 win.
The Noles posted a .346 hitting percentage for the match, including a .464 mark in the third set, led by Caffrey and Chacon with 11 and 7 kills, respectively. Stockman hit at a .571 clip on five kills, one error and seven attacks, while Lily Tessier led the team with 19 assists.
The Seminoles will wrap up their road trip on Sunday, October 13 with a match at North Carolina (6-9, 3-2 ACC) which will begin at 12:00 p.m. Sunday’s contest will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Networks. Links for the broadcast, affiliate TV channels and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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