Finishing with 14 blocks, including 13 over the final three sets, Florida State (17-7, 10-4 ACC) came from behind to defeat Louisville (16-8, 9-5 ACC) in four sets on Sunday by the score of 18-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-22.
Freshman Emma Clothier finished with a team-high eight blocks, while five Seminoles ended with at least three blocks – Taryn Knuth (6), Jasmyn Martin (4) and Payton Caffrey and Jessica Nunge with three each. The three blocks for Nunge tied a career high for the freshman, matching her performance at UNC on October 13.
“Honestly, since the North Carolina match a few weeks ago when we had a few players out due to illness and injury, we haven’t played well,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Even when we have won, we have still struggled. I thought the first set today looked a lot like how we’ve played recently, but then we came alive and played so much better the final three sets. We ran our offense much more effectively and had a lot more confidence. That was the difference and hopefully we can gain a little momentum out of it.”
The Seminoles only have one match this coming week as Florida State hosts North Carolina (12-11, 9-4 ACC) on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. The contest between the Noles and Tar Heels will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
FSU women’s tennis finishes up with titles in All-Conference Showdown
The Florida State women’s tennis team wrapped up the fall season with three doubles and two singles championships at the 2019 Seminole All-Conference Showdown. The Noles went 9-6 in singles and 9-0 in doubles across the weekend.
“Five flight championships in our final weekend of competition, that is a pretty solid effort from our crew,” said coach Jennifer Hyde. “It was good to see us defend our homecourt so well and play strong tennis this weekend.”
Junior Petra Hule earned the Seminole’s first title by dominating Raquel Amaro of East Tennessee State 6-2, 6-0. Earning the second singles title, senior Nandini Das capped off her last fall season as a Seminole with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory over Clemson’s Mackenzy Middlebrooks.
The Garnet and Gold continued their performance throughout the consolation brackets as junior Emmanuelle Salas defeated Eleni Louka of Clemson 6-4, 6-2. Senior Andrea Garcia joined Das in ending her last fall season with a win as she took down UNF’s Sean Lodzki 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Mira Stegmann was the only Nole to fall in her final match, losing a tough super tie break 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 to Dalia Ahmed of McNeese State.
The Seminole All-Conference Showdown was the final tournament of the fall for the Seminoles. They will begin their spring season January 17th in Hawaii.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Petra Hule (FSU) def. Raquel Amaro 6-2, 6-0
Nandini Das (FSU) def. Mackenzy Middlebrooks (CLE)
Emmanuelle Salas (FSU) def. Eleni Louka (CLE) 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Sean Lodzki (UNF) 6-4, 6-2
Dalia Ahmed (MSU) def. Mira Stegmann (FSU) 6-3, 3-6, 11-9