Seminoles Deliver Convincing Win over NC State

Seminoles Deliver Convincing Win over NC State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Attacking at a .367 clip, Florida State Volleyball used an efficient offensive effort to get past a talented NC State team on Friday night, 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21), in front of a strong crowd in what was a Mental Health Awareness Match at Tully Gym.

With many fans donning their green gear in support of the event inspired by senior middle blocker Marissa Stockman, the Seminoles (9-3, 2-1) provided a spark themselves. FSU hit .367 against the Wolfpack (7-7, 1-2), led by freshman middle blocker Khori Louis’ 14 kills, .636 hitting percentage and eight blocks.

It was FSU’s best hitting percentage so far in conference play this season, and its second-highest this season behind a .404 effort vs. Tulane.

Contributions were aplenty on Friday night. Besides the dominant play of Louis, junior middle blocker Emma Clothier always answered when her number was called. Off the quick attack or the slide, she put down 13 kills, hit .632, delivered two more aces and added four digs. When FSU was in a pinch at times during the match, Clothier found ways to stop NC State runs.

Redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon heated up as the match went on and finished with 15 kills, a .324 hitting percentage, eight digs and two blocks. From sets 2-4, Chacon hit .414 with 12 kills and just one attack error.

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier continued her tremendous season with 49 assists, six kills in seven attacks, one service ace, six digs and four blocks. The Fort Myers, Fla., native is quickly emerging as one of the best setters in the conference and contributes to FSU in a multitude of ways.

Three Seminoles finished with double-digit digs as senior Caroline Golden totaled a team-high 14, while freshman Emery Dupes had 11 and Lauryn Burrows added 10.

NC State hit .158 in the match and was out-blocked by FSU 9.0-4.0. Outside hitter Melissa Evans offered a tricky left-handed swing that resulted in a match-high 18 kills to lead the Wolfpack.

The Seminoles host Family Day on Sunday vs. North Carolina at 1 p.m. All fans are encouraged to bring family members to the match and continue Tully Gym’s raucous atmosphere.


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