Dominating throughout the match on both the offensive and defensive end, No. 23 Florida State (6-3) wrapped the non-conference portion of the 2019 season with a sweep of Alabama (8-3) on Friday night 25-16, 25-13, 25-17. The Seminoles posted a season-high hitting percentage of .372 and recorded nine blocks on the evening.
The 46 points allowed over the entire match is the fewest since September 7, 2018 when the Noles defeated VCU (25-12, 25-17, 25-16). The Seminoles trailed just once in the match on Friday, as the Tide led 3-2 early in the third set.
Redshirt freshman Morgan Chacon had an outstanding night, leading the team with 10 kills and seven digs, along with a .526 hitting percentage, as the outside hitter did not commit an error in 19 attacks. Junior Taryn Knuth also had an error-free evening as the Johnston, Iowa native tallied seven kills and a .583 hitting percentage on 12 attacks. Knuth also finished with four blocks, increasing her career total to 400, which moved her into eighth place all-time in FSU history.
“We got a lot of players in and everyone played really well,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “I thought that just had a few slow spots throughout the match, but overall was really encouraged by the level that the team competed at tonight. For the most part, we had good energy and controlled the flow of the match.”
Payton Caffrey finished with nine kills, Martin led the team with five blocks and added five kills, while Marissa Stockman was nearly perfect with four kills on five attacks. Tessier recorded 23 assists and six digs, while Taylor Roberts tied the team-high with seven digs.
The Seminoles begin ACC play on Sept. 27 at Duke (6-5) at 6:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
FSU takes runner-up at Va. Tech meet
Graduate transfer Kasey Knevelbaard led the Florida State men’s cross country team at Friday’s Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational with a runner-up finish, but the host Hokies got the best of the Noles, thanks to a tightly-packed, top-five.
With just 22 seconds separating its top-five finishers, Virginia Tech got out quickly over the rolling course and held on to edge FSU 30-35 on the Buford Meredith course where the ACC Championships will be contested Nov. 1.
“I felt like we competed pretty well,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, whose men placed five runners in the top 11 while the Hokies squeezed their top five inside the top 10. “Clearly we’re both better than last year, but they’re ahead of us right now.”
A year ago the Hokies and Noles finished sixth and seventh in a stout field at the ACC Championships, separated by just three points. Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer won the ACC individual title in what amounted to the difference in the outcome.
Knevelbaard got the best of the reigning champ Friday, placing second overall in 24:30.4 over the 8,000-meter course, as East Tennessee State’s Ben Varghese rode a big kick to the victory 24:25.9. Seufer was third in 24:44.3, after leading the race – and his teammates – much of the way.
“Kasey looked spectacular,” Braman said. “And he’s going to get better. I don’t know that [Seufer] was as focused on winning the race as he was leading his guys up there.”
While the Hokies were claiming positions 3-4-5-8-10, junior transfer Silas Griffith and sophomore Paul Stafford kept the Noles in the hunt. Griffith, who joined the Noles after two seasons at Lipscomb, was sixth in his FSU debut (24:55.6) with Stafford (24:57.0) on his heels in seventh. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Dau turned in his second consecutive strong outing, placing ninth (24:59.3), and sophomore Matthew Newland (25:16.7) finished 11th for FSU’s fifth scoring spot.