Sept. 23, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Playing without its second-leading hitter, the Florida State volleyball team stumbled to undefeated Maryland, 3-0, Friday night at the Comcast Center Pavilion in the Seminoles first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) matchup of the year. With the loss, the Tribe dropped to 2-7 on the season while the Terps improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in league action.
Game scores were 30-17, 30-15 and 30-23.
Injuries continued to plague the Seminoles as freshman Marrita Royster-Crockett, who averages 2.87 kills per game, fell ill during pre-game warm-ups and immediately left the facility. Junior setter Zrinka Tomic missed her third straight contest due to a stress fracture on top of her left foot.
Senior Andreza Santos paced the FSU offense with nine kills on 17 attempts for a respectable .471 hitting percentage. She added six digs and four total blocks (1-3). Sophomore Summer Weissing had nine digs and Kristen Rust recorded 10 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Makini Thompson registered one block solo and a team-best four block assists.
The third outing was the closest as Florida State tied the contest up
15-15 midway through the game. Both teams swapped points and the game stayed even at 18-18 before the Terps went on a 9-1 run to extend the lead to 27-19. Florida State could not find a way to inch any closer as it dropped the game, 30-23.
For the Terps, Beth Gillming led her squad with 12 kills and nine digs.
Maryland out-hit the Seminoles .361 to .045 and out-dug the Tribe 43 to 34.
Florida State will continue their ACC road trip Saturday evening as they face Boston College at 7:00 p.m.