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Soccer routs Samford; Volleyball sweeps TCU

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After a battle Friday night against in-state rival Florida, the No. 6 Florida State soccer team (4-2) took care of business on Sunday afternoon with a 6-0 win against Samford (2-2-2).

“We came out and had a good start to the game,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “We had a good level of concentration throughout the whole game and scored some good goals. We played some pretty good soccer today and gave everyone a chance to play today.”

The Seminoles last scored six goals in 2015 when they defeated UNC Greensboro 6-0 on the road. Jaelin Howell scored two goals to lead FSU.

Florida State came out firing with a Deyna Castellanos shot under two minutes into the game. The two teams then exchanged six fouls before FSU had a corner kick in the 14th minute.

Clara Robbins got a shot off but once again Samford’s goalkeeper, Morgan McCaslan, earned her second of five saves.

The Garnet and Gold got off three more shots before they finally landed one in the back of the net in the 22nd minute. For the second game in a row, Kristen McFarland scored, coming off assists by Clara Robbins and Yujie Zhao.

Kristina Lynch expanded the Seminole lead to two with her first goal in the 25th minute and Abbey Newton followed that up a minute later with her first goal of the season to make it 3-0.

Jaelin Howell earned her first of two goals this game in the 28th minute coming off an assist from Castellanos, her third of the season.

Florida State came out firing in the second half as well, scoring in 50th and 51st minute of the game.

Castellanos was first, scoring an unassisted goal for her third of the season. Howell scored one just over a minute later for her third of the season as well, both team highs. Castellanos assisted on both of Howell’s goals, giving her a team-high four assists.

The Seminoles held Samford without a shot for all 90 minutes as they recorded 18 shots of their own. FSU played 19 of 20 active players in today’s game, all earning double-digit minutes.

FSU is back at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Thursday to take on Colorado.

FSU celebrates a point in Sunday’s win over TCU. (Photo courtesy Ray Carlin)

FSU volleyball knocks off TCU

Fort Worth, Texas – Wrapping up the three-match weekend in Fort Worth, No. 22 Florida State (3-2) swept host school TCU (3-3) on Sunday 25-20, 25-20, 25-18. The Seminoles picked up their first true road win over the Horned Frogs to improve to 4-0 all-time against TCU, dating back to 2007.

Juniors Jasmyn Martin and Taryn Knuth were named to the Fight In The Fort All-Tournament Team, as Martin was second on the team with 25 kills and added seven digs and five blocks, while Knuth tallied 15 blocks and topped the team with a .406 hitting percentage on the weekend with 16 kills.

“I loved the way we rebounded from yesterday’s loss,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “I thought that we played with much better control today, and in preseason, it is still about finding yourself. We have a lot of players coming off the bench that are doing well, which speaks to the depth of our team. Because not everyone is going to have their best day, and it is good to have different options. I was really proud of the way they competed today. Yesterday was very disappointing for them, so it was good to see them snap back and play much better today.”

Payton Caffrey (11) and Martin (10) had double-digit kills on Sunday, while Knuth and Clothier finished with .625 and .556 hitting percentages, respectively. Florida State posted five aces, including two from Tessier, and finished with seven blocks involving five different players on the afternoon.

The Seminoles return to Tallahassee for their home opener next weekend as Florida State hosts Stony Brook, St. John’s and Florida A&M in the Home2Suites Tallahassee Invitational on Friday and Saturday. 

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