September 22, 2006 - by
Florida State Volleyball Stays Atop ACC Standings After 3-0 Sweep of Maryland

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

GAME SCORES: Florida State 3, Maryland 0 (30-12, 30-28, 30-24)

A little momentum is going a long way for the Florida State University volleyball team. Coming off a big road victory at Miami, the Seminoles rolled through their first Atlantic Coast Conference match at home as they defeated Maryland 3-0 (30-12, 30-28, 30-24) on Friday (September 22) at Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium.

Florida State improved to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2002 – the first season under head coach Todd Kress – and 8-3 overall. Maryland dropped its conference opener and fell to 7-3 overall. The victory snapped a three-match losing streak to Maryland and was the first sweep of the Terps since 2000. The loss to the Seminoles is Maryland’s first to a team ranked outside the top 25

“First and foremost I know that Maryland wasn’t at 100 percent tonight and any change in that and it’s a different match,” Kress said. “I still like our intensity throughout the entire match. I like how we played defensively. I said it was going to take our best defensive effort and tonight I thought was one of them.”

For the second match in a row, four players had ten or more kills, led by 16 from outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.). Fellow outside Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) was next at a career-high 12 kills, while rookie Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) added ten. Libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) had a season-high 20 digs and Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) added 49 assists.

Defense was the biggest key for the Seminoles as they out-dug Maryland 45-28 and held an 8-4 blocking advantage. Florida State was also dominate on the offensive side of the net, out-hitting the Terps .455 to .163 with a 63-31 advantage in kills. The .458 hitting percentage is the best for Florida State in a conference match since hitting .488 against NC State on October 14, 2004.

“We knew they were down, they weren’t at 100 percent, so in our talk we said we have to come out and take it to them,” Kress noted. “This was a solid win. We need to continue to cut down on errors at crunch town. Summer came out, lit it up defensively with probably her best defensive effort of the year. We need to continue to get better and better.”

Picking up where she left off in game five against Miami, Griffin served the first four points as Florida State jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead. During the run five different players contributed a kill. The Seminoles would continue to keep the Terrapins out of system with the lead reaching double digits for the first time at 19-9 on a Tomic kill. The lead dipped to nine (20-11) but from there the Seminoles dominated the game with a 10-1 run that included three blocks and a pair of Thompson kills as FSU won the game 30-12.

Florid State hit an outstanding .583 (16-2-24) for the game while Maryland was held to -.030 (8-9-33). Thomson led the way with four kills while Tomic and Griffin added three with Griffin hitting a team-best .750. The Seminoles out-blocked the Terps 5-2 with a trio of solo blocks and out-dug UM to the tune of 11-5.

Both teams traded points to start game two with Maryland claiming an early 6-4 lead. The Seminoles responded with a 5-0 run, that was helped by a pair of Skower kills, to give FSU a 9-6 advantage. FSU got its first seven-point lead on a Wessel kill and would hold the lead at that margin until the Terrapins chipped it away to three (19-16).

Out of an FSU timeout, the host team got the margin back up to six 22-16, but Maryland nibbled away and got the deficit down to one (27-26). A Tomic kill and blocking error by the Terrapins kept the lead at two before a kill by Skower finished the game at 30-28. Thompson and Griffin led the way with a half-dozen kills each while Skower and Wessel had five apiece. Florida State hit .571 with Barry’s .800 pacing led the way. Once again the FSU defense was key as it out-dug Maryland 16-9 and out-blocked UM 5-2.

“I thought in game two there were way too many errors on our part as far as service errors and reception errors to let them stay in the game,” Kress noted. “That shouldn’t happen; we can’t let that happen if we’re going to be a good team. We’ve got to take care of the ball better when we’ve got a team down.”

Helping Florida State get off to a quick start in game three was Barry with a pair of kills and a solo block that staked FSU to a 7-2 advantage. Tomic kills pushed the lead to eight (12-4) and nine points (17-8) then back-to-back Thompson kills gave FSU a 20-11 advantage. Down 29-20, the Terrapins made a last-ditch effort and pulled to 29-24 before a Skower kill ended the game and the match 30-24.

Thompson had six kills, while Skower was next at five. Barry had four winners and hit .667.

Florida State is back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to Boston College on Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium.

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