Noles Overpower Tar Heels in the Home Final
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball team (18-9, 10-6) showed great resilience in their home final on Friday night at Tully Gym, earning a hard-fought victory in four sets (14-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18) against the North Carolina Tar Heels (15-12, 7-9). The win marks the Seminoles’ 12th home win, the most since 2015.
The Noles held a slight 10-9 advantage early in the first set, but the Tar Heels managed to score 11 straight points to take a decisive lead. UNC would go on to win the set 25-14, led by Mabrey Shaffmaster’s six kills.
Florida State shook off its early struggles and went on a five-point run to take a 5-1 lead to start the second set. North Carolina fought back to tie at 11, but the Noles couldn’t be denied. FSU used an 8-1 run to earn a 25-18 victory. Emily Ryan and Khori Louis combined for nine of the Noles’ 14 kills.
The third set saw the two teams deadlocked at 13 before a five-point run from the Seminoles gave them a lead they would not relinquish. A kill from Emma Clothier put the finishing touches to the 25-23 victory.
North Carolina fought back in the fourth set, taking a 14-9 lead as Florida State’s offense struggled with offensive errors. The Noles found their rhythm in the streak, however, finishing the set with six unanswered points en route to a decisive 25-18 victory.
Audrey Koenig was a machine in the back row, breaking her career high in digs (19) while Emery Dupes added 15. The Noles featured a balanced offensive offense as Koenig, Ryan and Louis contributed 11 kills apiece and Clothier collected 10.
Florida State’s next test is on Wednesday as they travel to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes. Fans can catch the action on ACC Network Extra at 3 p.m.
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