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FSU volleyball looks to improve upon last season’s successes – FSView & Florida Flambeau


Hunt Deison
 |  Deputy Sports Editor

Following their first NCAA tournament win since 2016, Florida State’s indoor volleyball team enters the 2022 season with high expectations. Led by senior middle blocker Emma Clothier, the ’Noles will heavily rely on an infusion of new talent. 

Over the offseason, Florida State added some much needed support. Graduate transfer middle blocker Emily Ryan is the most notable signee. Coming from UCLA, Ryan has four years of experience at the net, averaging 1.25 blocks per game, which ranked fourth in the league and earned All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention accolades.

“Emily was an impactful player for UCLA during her career,” head coach Chris Poole said. Between Ryan and Clothier, Florida State’s net game will be crucial to controlling matches this season. 

“Emily is a legit 6-foot-4 and will add to our depth on the front row,” Poole said. “Her experience will help lead a young roster.”

Joining Emily from the transfer portal is a trio of talented veteran players including setter Andjelija Draskovic, libero Alejandra Perez, and setter Melanie Cuervo. Each are expected to play major minutes in Coach Poole’s more experienced rotations.

Freshman outside hitter Audrey Rothman will help solidify the edge of the net. Former Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year, Rothman’s senior campaign at Spain Park High School showcased a whopping 709 kills along with 247 digs. 

While the new talent will certainly play a crucial role in the ’Noles’ hopeful success, Florida State is returning some important players from last year. Fans can expect a big season from Clothier, who led last year’s squad in both aces and kills. She averaged 2.66 kills per set with 287 total kills in 2021. The 2020 and 2021 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American also led FSU with 32 service aces last year. Her contributions to the program last year cannot be understated, and she will be the undisputed leader of this year’s team. 

Middle blocker Khori Louis is coming off a strong freshman season in which she racked up team high 102 blocks. She was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team along with Audrey Koenig. 

Koenig, another middle blocker, is coming off an impressive freshman season as well, recording 262 kills, the most of any FSU freshman since 2006. It was also the second-most on the team. 

The Seminoles will start their season on Aug. 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they will face Illinois State, Dayton and Cincinnati. The ’Noles will have similar matchups with out-of-conference, smaller schools throughout August and most of September.

On Sept. 23, they will start conference play with a matchup against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On Oct. 7, the Seminoles will have a tough contest with Duke. At the end of October, the ’Noles will travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, playing a talented Boston College squad. Florida State will close out their regular season with a matchup at Georgia Tech. 

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Source: https://www.fsunews.com/story/sports/2022/08/21/fsu-volleyball-looks-improve-upon-last-seasons-successes/7856619001/

Hunt Deison
 |  Deputy Sports Editor

Following their first NCAA tournament win since 2016, Florida State’s indoor volleyball team enters the 2022 season with high expectations. Led by senior middle blocker Emma Clothier, the ’Noles will heavily rely on an infusion of new talent. 

Over the offseason, Florida State added some much needed support. Graduate transfer middle blocker Emily Ryan is the most notable signee. Coming from UCLA, Ryan has four years of experience at the net, averaging 1.25 blocks per game, which ranked fourth in the league and earned All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention accolades.

“Emily was …….

Hunt Deison
 |  Deputy Sports Editor

Following their first NCAA tournament win since 2016, Florida State’s indoor volleyball team enters the 2022 season with high expectations. Led by senior middle blocker Emma Clothier, the ’Noles will heavily rely on an infusion of new talent. 

Over the offseason, Florida State added some much needed support. Graduate transfer middle blocker Emily Ryan is the most notable signee. Coming from UCLA, Ryan has four years of experience at the net, averaging 1.25 blocks per game, which ranked fourth in the league and earned All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention accolades.

“Emily was …….

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