Nov. 7, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It seemed like through two games Sunday afternoon the Florida State volleyball team would sweep the visiting Maryland Terrapins with ease and pick up its fourth consecutive victory after taking a quick 2-0 lead.
But things quickly turned for the worse in game three as Maryland stormed back and won three straight games for the 3-2 victory. It was the second year in a row that the Terps came back on the Tribe in Tallahassee, as Maryland rallied from 0-2 to win on Nov. 14, 2003, in Tully Gym.
FSU dropped to 16-10 overall and 7-7 in ACC play. Maryland, also 7-7 in league action, improved to 12-12 on the season. Game scores were 30-26, 30-19, 20-30, 24-30, and 10-15.
“I thought Maryland played well in games three, four, and five,” said head coach Todd Kress, “but I didn’t think they did anything totally different. We dictated our entire match when we came out and passed and served well. We had them out of system and we were able to run our offense. They didn’t do anything different [in games 3-5]…we just had too many unforced errors.”
Out of the Terps 87.0 points recorded, 53.0 points were handed to them from the Seminoles errors. Florida State out-hit Maryland 73-55 in kills, but the Tribe had 38 attack errors, 12 service errors, one block error, and two ball handling errors. Furthermore, the Terrapins out-blocked FSU, 20-8.
“I don’t know what it is [about home matches]…we do play well on the road. I don’t know if we are a team that plays better on the road when there are no expectations. I’ve had teams before that don’t like the pressure of playing at home and it seems like we are one of those teams that executes better in matches played away.”
The day was a disappointing ending for four Florida State seniors who played their final home match on Lucy McDaniel Court. In pre-match festivities, Aisha Carr, Renee Hill (Spring, Texas / Iowa), Ashley Meyer (Luling, La.), and Amanda Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil/College of S. Idaho) were honored.
“I still remember the first match I played at this gym,” said Carr, a middle blocker from Dallas, Texas. “Even though it was Senior Day, I approached the match with the same mentality I do every game. In the back of our minds we knew it was the last time we would play at Tully Gym and we wanted to show our fans who we really are. I think it’s fair to say it was disappointing…more than anything we wanted to close out the home season on a high note.”
The Seminoles won game one 30-26 after hitting .213 and holding the visiting team to a .139 mark. The second game was the Tribe’s best of the afternoon as they hit .324 and allowed Maryland to score only 19.0 points while tallying a poor .095 clip.
However, in the next three games, the Terps hit .346, .250, and .462 while FSU only managed marks of .200, .216, and -0.87.
“We lost this match ourselves…we gave it to them because of our mistakes,” said a speechless Amanda Santos. “I think we lost our focus, that’s it. We just lost our focus and let them beat us.”
Four Seminoles totaled double-digit kills beginning with junior Kristen Rust (Cincinnati, Ohio / McAuley HS) who had 16 and she added 11 digs. Amanda Santos pitched in 15 kills, Andreza Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil / College of S. Idaho) had 13, and Carr rounded out the group with 12 kills, respectively. Hill paced the defense with 15 digs. Meyer hit a perfect 1.000 after completing four kills.
Jennifer Dewalt registered 20 kills for Maryland.
Florida State will finish out the regular season this week with matches at NC State (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and North Carolina (Sat., 6:00 p.m.).