Oct. 8, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Florida State volleyball team handed the University of Maryland its first home loss of the season tonight, 3-1, at Comcast Center Pavilion as FSU improved to 9-6 on the season and 2-3 in ACC action. The Terps, who were 4-0 at home before tonight, dropped to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Maryland swept both matches against the Seminoles last year.
Using an entire team effort, the Tribe fought back after being down one game (26-30) and captured three straight victories by scores of 30-19, 30-25, and 30-28. For the fourth time this season, junior outside hitter Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley) pitched in a double-double performance and led both teams with a team and season-best 19 kills, 15 digs, and five block assists for a team season-high 22.5 points.
Including Rust, four Seminoles recorded 10 or more kills beginning with sophomore Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C. / Pickens HS) who totaled an impressive 15 kills on 27 swings for a .407 hitting percentage. Furthermore, she added seven digs and two block assists for 17.0 points. Senior Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil / College of Southern Idaho) tallied 12 kills and six blocks (2-6), while sophomore Cassie McLaughlin (Cary, IL / Cary-Grove HS) contributed 11 kills, four digs, and 11.0 points, respectively.
Florida State dominated in every statistical category, with the exception of blocks (11.0 – 17.0), but made up for it in points scored (85.0 – 66.0), kills (69-47), and digs (67-47).
The Seminoles recorded a .239 hitting percentage and held the Terps to .153.
Sophomore setter Jessica Skower (Naples, FL / Naples HS) computed her third double-double of the season with 58 set assists and 12 digs. Senior middle blocker Aisha Carr (Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS) totaled seven kills, four digs, and five blocks (1-4), for 10.0 points. On defense, Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, FL / Olympic Heights HS) and Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas / Hereford HS) had 11 and seven digs, respectively.
For Maryland, Jade Brown had 15 kills and Rachel Wagener registered 11 block assists.
The Seminoles will turn around and face Virginia Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m.