Nov. 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In its 10th sweep of the season, the Florida State volleyball team took out Maryland 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-16) in the Comcast Center Pavilion to also extend the road win streak to four. The Seminoles improve to 17-8 overall and 9-6 in the conference, pushing the Terrapins back to 6-21 and 2-13 in the ACC.
For FSU head coach Chris Poole the win happily marked the end of a particular losing streak. In all his years of coaching, Poole’s teams have never been able to pull of the win when they travel on the day of the match… until tonight.
“I thought the win was a total team effort,” Poole said. “Everybody played really well tonight and it’s extremely encouraging when you consider being on the road again and the obstacles you have to overcome that come with being away from home.”
Leading the Seminoles on the attack was sophomore Stephanie Neville who broke her career-high with 14 kills. The outside hitter hit at .423 and recorded a single dig and assisted block.
Junior Jordana Price and sophomore Lauren Richardson also had strong showings against the Terps. Price put down 12 kills for a team-leading .476 attack percentage while Richardson got 12 kills on the floor and 12 digs to record double-double No. 10 for the season. Both ladies recorded one solo and two assisted blocks apiece.
Overall, Florida State dominated Maryland 50-34 in assists and 63-53 in digs. The Seminoles attacked at .292 as a team and held the Terps to a .096 attack percentage.
“I’m really proud of the way they stepped up and we really challenged them to be focused tonight,” Poole said. “Stephanie, Jordana and Lauren Richardson all had an outstanding match. It’s nice to see them be able to step up and we’re getting a lot of consistent play from most of the players. I think our defense continued to do well and are making improvements every week.”
Libero and sole senior on the squad, Ashlee Moon, posted 18 digs and continues to lead the ACC in digs per set with 5.01.
The Noles are on a two-game winning streak and have won six of the last seven matches as they head into a rematch weekend at home against Georgia Tech and Clemson, two teams topping the conference. Florida State welcomes the Tigers on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. and will face the Yellow Jackets at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.