Long rallies were a significant part of Wednesday’s latest installment of this long-standing rivalry as RV Florida State (14-6, 8-3 ACC) topped Miami (8-11, 4-7 ACC) by the score of 25-21, 21-25, 29-27, 25-21 in front of 715 fans at Tully Gym.
It is the eighth home win in a row for the ‘Noles in the series against the Hurricanes, dating back to 2010.
Four Seminoles ended the match with double-digit digs, led by Payton Caffrey, who had 15 digs and a team-high 21 kills. It marked the fifth time this season that the senior outside hitter has recorded 20+ kills, including four in ACC play.
“It is important to find a way to win, especially when you are not playing as well as you want,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “I was disappointed in how we struggled like we did at times, and definitely give credit to Miami. They came out and played hard, kept us on our heels and we never really got into our rhythm. The defense was good and we scrambled around tonight. I told them in the fourth set that while we were not playing clean, we were hustling and playing hard. So we need to sharpen a few things, and it will be challenging with a pair of road matches this weekend.”
It was a dramatic third set that turned the course of the match. The Seminoles held off a total four set points from Miami before Caffrey’s 16th kill of the match secured the third set for FSU, 29-27.
The Seminoles will hit the road this weekend for matches at Virginia Tech (9-14, 2-8 ACC) and High Point (16-9, 8-1 Big South). FSU will play the Hokies on Friday at 6 p.m., while taking on the Panthers on Saturday at 1 p.m.
FSU soccer set for Senior Night
The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (13-4-0, 7-2-0) wraps up ACC play on Thursday at 8 p.m. against No. 9 Duke (8-1-7, 3-0-6). The match is senior night for FSU’s two seniors, Carolina Jeffers and Deyna Castellanos.
The Seminoles are led offensively by Castellanos, Yujie Zhao and freshman Jenna Nighswonger. Castellanos leads the team in both goals (9) and assists (8). Zhao is second on the team with five goals and four assists. Nighswonger is tied for second on the team with five goals and four assists of her own.
Florida State has guaranteed that it is hosting the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Sunday at 1 p.m. The Garnet and Gold are currently in second place in the ACC with one game remaining. FSU had an impressive start in ACC play, winning their first five games in conference and six of the first seven. The 5-0 start was good for the third-best start in school history. FSU had only started 4-0 or better in ACC play three times prior to this season.
The Seminoles were also on their fourth-longest winning streak in program history during the 2019 season. During the span of FSU’s nine-game win streak, they outscored their opponents 28-10 and recorded four shutouts. Florida State has now outscored its opponents 33-14 in their last 13 matches.
Florida State leads the all-time series against Duke 13-10-6, with an 11-4-4 record against the Blue Devils under coach Mark Krikorian. Florida State is 6-2-2 against Duke in their last 10 match-ups and 10 of their last 19 meetings were decided by one point or less. FSU is 9-3 against Duke at home, winning the last nine meetings.