Nov. 14, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla – Florida State volleyball (14-15, 4-11 ACC) fell 2-3 to Maryland (23-7, 12-4 ACC) by scores of 30-27, 30-22, 27-30, 20-30, 16-18 in a tight match on Friday night. The Seminoles let a 2-0 lead in the match slip away as Maryland won the final three games. Five Seminoles recorded double-digit kills with Nikki Anthony and Kristen Rust leading the way with 17. Senior setter Jennifer Anderson’s 30 assists on the night puts her just three shy of setting the FSU all-time record for career assists.
Both teams traded points early in game one as the score was tied early at three apiece. The Terrapins broke the tie with two quick scores to go up by two at 5-3. FSU rebounded to tie the score at six before taking an 8-7 lead, its first lead of the match. Amanda Santos’ block at the net pushed the Seminole lead to two by a score of 15-13 at the midway point of the opening game. Behind a 4-1 run, Florida State lead grew to four at 19-15 only to see Maryland rally to tie the game at 22-22. FSU edged outscored the Terrapins 8-5 down the stretch to win game one 30-27. Cassie McLaughlin led the Seminoles with six kills while hitting .357 in the game.
Maryland jumped out quickly on the Seminoles to the tune of a 5-1 advantage. FSU cut the lead to one at 4-5 before UM pushed its lead back to four at 9-5. Florida State fought back once again to tie the score at 11-11, but the Terrapins didn’t let that last long as they took the next five points to take go ahead 16-11. The Seminoles came back from an 18-12 deficit and tied the score at 20 before taking a commanding 26-20 lead. FSU cruised from that point on to take game two 30-22 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
With game three tied at three, Florida State went on a 3-0 spurt to take a 6-3 advantage. Despite a scoring flurry from Maryland, the Seminoles held onto an 11-9 lead. The Terrapins later tied the score at 12 and then took a two-point lead by a score of 16-14. After UM’s lead grew to three at 21-18, FSU rallied to within two, at 28-26, but fell short as Maryland won game three 30-27.
Trailing 3-4 in the beginning of game four, the Seminoles scored three unanswered points to take a 6-4 lead. Maryland then went on a dominating 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the match by a score of 16-8. Florida State’s offense never could overcome the Terrapin lead as UM tied the match at 2-2 after taking the fourth game 30-20.
FSU raced out to a 3-0 lead to start game five, but Maryland scored five straight to take a 5-3 lead and forced a Seminole timeout. The Terrapins continued on an 8-0 run to push the lead to five by a score of 8-3 as the teams switched sides. Down by seven at 4-11, After back-to-back kills from Aisha Carr and Nikki Anthony, FSU cut the Maryland lead to one at 10-11 with a 6-0 Seminole scoring spurt. Both teams traded points after Florida State had tied the score at 13, but with the Terrapins up 17-16 Anthony’s kills landed wide as Maryland won game five 18-16.