Freshmen Lead Florida State to Another Road Win | #schoolshooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – The three-headed freshmen attack of Audrey Koenig, Skye Ekes and Khori Louis was too much for Clemson volleyball on Friday night as Florida State earned a 3-1 road win over the Tigers at Jervey Gym.

FSU and its youngest team among Power 5 programs improves to 5-3 in true road matches this season.

Koenig recorded a match-high 16 kills and hit .405 for the Seminoles (17-5, 10-3), whom reach the double-digit mark in conference wins this season. Ekes was equally as impressive on the attack, totaling 15 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. Tallahassee native Louis had 15 kills, a .462 hitting percentage, four blocks and three digs.

“This team continues to fight through adversity and find ways to win,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “We’ve got players out with injuries and players not at 100 percent playing because of our limited roster size. However they just keep battling.

“Georgia Tech will be a tough match for us. They are a very experienced team that runs one of the best offenses in the country. They will be a challenge for this young squad but also a great experience as they continue to improve.”

Redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier aided an FSU offense that hit .326 in the match, as she totaled 52 assists and added 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Freshman libero Emery Dupes averaged five digs per set as she totaled 20 for the match, while Lauryn Burrows added 11 digs and Caroline Golden had 10. Tessier is now up to 10.37 assists per set this season.

Junior middle blocker Emma Clothier added 10 kills in the win.

The victory by FSU extends its win streak over Clemson to 16 consecutive matches.

Following the intermission where the match was knotted at 1-1, FSU pulled away in the third set behind a .429 hitting percentage. Koenig recorded seven of her 16 kills in the third, while Ekes added five in the dominant frame.

Louis then guided FSU in the fourth set, which was not easy to close out. Clemson recorded a kill midway through to give the Tigers (11-13, 3-10) a 15-14 advantage. Ekes was key in a big 4-0 run to break a 17-17 tie into a 21-17 lead. After Clemson rattled off three straight points to cut FSU’s lead to 21-20, Louis responded with a kill in what began a match-ending 4-0 run for the Seminoles.

Florida State faces No. 14 Georgia Tech on Sunday at 3 p.m. in a match that airs on Bally Sports Sun and other regional sports networks. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 3-1 win over Miami on Friday night.

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