ATLANTA — Posting a season-low 24 kills, along with a .070 hitting percentage, RV Florida State (12-6, 6-3 ACC) fell in straight sets on the road at Georgia Tech (13-7, 6-3 ACC) by the score of 23-25, 12-25, 13-25 on Friday night at O’Keefe Gym. It is the first time that FSU has been swept in ACC play since November 5, 2017 at Pitt.
“We played like our minds were a thousand miles away tonight,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Georgia Tech played great, but we didn’t put any pressure on them after the first 10 points of the match. It was very poor execution on our part and I take the blame for not being prepared. We need to find ourselves this weekend and rebound on Sunday at Clemson.”
The first set was a back and forth battle, as Georgia Tech took an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but the Seminoles rallied to score eight of the next nine points, including multiple blocks by Payton Caffrey and Emma Clothier, to make it 9-4 Florida State. The Yellow Jackets went on a 9-1 run of their own in the middle of the set to get back in front by the score of 16-12. The Noles regained the lead at 19-18 on a block from Taryn Knuth and Marissa Stockman, and led by two at 23-21, but GT scored the final four points to take the first set, 25-23.
Georgia Tech carried that momentum into the second set, breaking out to an early 11-2 lead. Despite kills by Knuth and Clothier, the Seminoles struggled to find any rhythm as the Yellow Jackets easily won set two by the score of 25-12.
A kill by Knuth gave the Noles a 2-1 lead in the third set, but Georgia Tech went on a 4-0 run to take the lead for good. A kill and a service ace by Caffrey got FSU within six at 13-7, but the Yellow Jackets controlled the rest of the set to secure the sweep with a 25-13 win in the third.
Caffrey led the Seminoles offensively with nine kills, while Knuth had a team-high .357 hitting percentage on six kills with just one attack error. Lily Tessier and Adrian Ell each tallied 10 assists, while Taylor Roberts led the squad with 10 digs and added a service ace.
The Seminoles will wrap up their road trip at Clemson (9-10, 3-5 ACC) on October 27 with a match beginning at 1:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, and links for the stream and live stats will be available on the volleyball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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