Competing in their longest match of the season, the Seminoles were eliminated from the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championship as Florida State (19-10) was defeated by UCF (25-7) in five sets on Thursday, 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 8-15.
“Certainly, congrats to UCF, they continued to fight, even when we had them down,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “Obviously, it is a disappointing loss when you get into the situation of being up 2-1 and unfortunately, we just did not execute overall the way that we needed to.
“Tonight kind of summed up a lot of our season, that was frustrating at times, because we are a team that can often play really well and then really frustrating in the same match. That inconsistency ended up being the difference between us being able to get the win tonight.”
Senior Payton Caffrey left it all out on the floor in her final match in the Garnet and Gold, leading the team with 25 kills along with 14 digs and three blocks. The 25 kills are tied for third-most by an FSU player in NCAA Tournament history, while her 80 attacks was a career high and also set a school record in the postseason. Freshman Emma Clothier recorded a team-high .429 hitting percentage with 10 kills and just one error, while adding five blocks defensively.
Two soccer players named All-Americans
The Florida State soccer team earned two All-American’s Thursday night as announced by the United Soccer Coaches.
Malia Berkely was named a First Team All-American for the first time and Deyna Castellanos earned her third All-American honor as she was named to the second team. Berkely’s first-team honor made her the 19th Seminole to earn first-team All-American honors.
This marks the 11th time that Florida State has had multiple All-Americans in a season. Deyna Castellanos joins Tiffany McCarty as Florida State’s only two three-time All-Americans in soccer.