Poole picks up 200th ACC match win

Florida State Volleyball Head Coach Chris Poole reached his milestone 200th ACC win in resounding fashion as the Seminoles swept Virginia Tech, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-14), on Friday night at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

Poole achieved his 200th ACC win in record form, becoming the fastest coach ever to reach the milestone in terms of matches coached. His 200th ACC victory comes in his 256th match coached in conference play, besting the previous fastest mark of 267 matches coached by Duke’s Jolene Nagel.

The 14th-year head coach at FSU, who owns 869 career victories between his days at FSU, Arkansas, Arkansas State and Arkansas Tech, is just the fourth ACC head coach to reach 200 conference wins.

“I’m very fortunate to have had great players, a great staff and an administration that has been supportive of our program,” Poole said of his record-breaking win. “I’m really proud of the team. We faced some adversity this week with our health and we challenged the players to play up to their fullest potential.”

The Seminoles (13-5, 6-3) continue to defy the odds of their youthful roster, playing in their 18th match this season to total the amount of matches they played in their COVID-shortened 2020 season. The win over the Hokies (9-12, 0-9) marks the halfway point of conference play this year.

In what was the quickest match of the FSU season at one hour, 11 minutes, the Seminoles dominated from the very start. Guided by the veteran play of redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon and junior middle blocker Emma Clothier, FSU hit .316 for the match compared to Virginia Tech’s .046 hitting percentage.

Chacon continued her stellar offensive play with a team-high 11 kills and just two errors in 25 attacks, hitting at a .360 clip. She added eight digs and two service aces. Clothier hit .500 with nine kills in 14 attacks.

Freshman libero Emery Dupes was active in the back row, averaging five digs per set with a total of 15 – her second-highest this season in a three-set match. Talented defensive specialists Caroline Golden and Lauryn Burrows each added eight digs apiece.

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier ran another efficient offense, picking up 30 assists with four kills, four digs and one block. Sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley contributed with five kills and two blocks, while freshman outside hitter Audrey Koenig added seven kills and two blocks.

FSU finishes its road weekend at Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.