Knuth named ACC volleyball’s top scholar-athlete

With an outstanding season on the court that saw her earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, junior Taryn Knuth has also been recognized for her work in the classroom as the middle blocker posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester, to go along with her 3.956 cumulative GPA in Sport Management, and has been named the 2019 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

It is just the second time in program history that the Seminoles have had the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as Knuth joins Brianna Barry from 2009.

“Taryn is an amazing student-athlete,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “While she has great volleyball skills, she is also a great student and team leader. I am very proud that we had four players recognized for their academics and excited that Taryn has earned this award.”

Knuth was joined on the All-ACC Academic Team by Emma Clothier, Taylor Roberts and Madison Sullivan. It marked the third time that Knuth was recognized by the conference, while it is the first time that Clothier, Roberts and Sullivan have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Chacon honored by Volleyballmag.com

Alaina Chacon was named a preseason All-American by volleyballmag.com Tuesday night.

The junior is coming off of a season in which she went 27-15, playing all of her matches alongside Madison Fitzpatrick. She helped lead the Seminoles to their fourth straight CCSA Championship and an eighth straight trip into the postseason.

Chacon went 14-7 on court one beside Fitzpatrick in 2019 and went 8-5 on court two and 1-0 on court three. The duo qualified for the USAV Beach Championship, where they went 4-3.

She earned a host of awards during her sophomore campaign including DiG Collegiate Volleyball First Team All-American Honors and Second-Team All-American honors from volleyballmag.com. Chacon was named CCSA Pair of the Week twice with Fitzpatrick (March 6 and 26) and was named the AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com Pair of the Week with Fitzpatrick on March 26 for going 3-0 against Austin Peay, No. 15 Arizona and No. 10 Stetson. Chacon’s 19-9 regular season also earned her First-Team All-CCSA honors.

Chacon ranks 23rd all-time at FSU with 29 dual-match wins in two seasons. She is ninth in FSU history with 14 wins on court one.

VolleyballMag.com Preseason All-America Team:

Claire Coppola, LSU, Senior
Kristen Nuss, LSU, Senior
Brook Bauer, Pepperdine, Junior
Lily Justine, UCLA, Senior
Tia Miric, Cal Poly, Junior
Torrey Van Winden, Cal Poly, Senior
Morgan Martin, Hawaii, Senior
Margherita Bianchin, FIU, Senior
Reka Orsi Toth, LMU, Junior
Alaina Chacon, Florida State, Junior

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