Oct. 29, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
GAME SCORES: Maryland 3, Florida State 2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-24, 19-30, 13-15)
Anytime you’ve got the home team on its heels, its best to deliver the knock-out punch as quickly as possible. The Florida State volleyball team had Maryland on the ropes several times, but couldn’t put the Terrapins away as the hosts won the last two games for the 3-2 victory (28-30, 30-23, 30-24, 19-30, 13-15) on Sunday (October 29).
Florida State was dealt just its second road loss of the year as it dropped to 16-7 overall, 10-4 in the league. The Terrapins improved to 11-11, 4-9 in the ACC.
The Seminoles had four players with double digit kills, led by junior outside hitter Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) at 19. Senior outside hitter Jessica Skower (Naples, Fla.) was next at 14, followed by senior middle blocker Sarah Griffin (Hereford, Texas) with 13 and rookie middle Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) had 12.
Topping the FSU defensive effort was junior libero Summer Weissing (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 20 digs. Senior setter Zrinka Tomic (Nustar, Croatia) had a double-double with 10 digs and 57 assists to tie her career-high. Griffin led the way with five blocks.
Despite hitting under .100 for the final two games, Florida State held a .209 (73-37-172) to .193 (54-25-150) hitting percentage advantage. The Seminoles were also up 57-49 on digs, but Maryland countered with a 20-8 margin for blocks. Florida State was its own worst enemy, giving Maryland 66 of its 121 points off attack errors (37), service errors (12), serve-receive errors (9), blocking errors (3) and ball handling errors (5).
Griffin’s serve got Florida State off to a quick 4-0 lead to start the match and FSU would hold that margin until 10-6 on a Griffin kill, but the Terps went on a 5-1 run, that was fueled by four Seminole miscues, to tie the bout at 11-11. A Skower kill gave FSU a 13-12 lead then she went back to serve three-straight points to stake FSU to a 16-12 advantage.
Maryland clawed back to 18-17 but a Barry kill, followed by two UM attacking errors put the margin back to four (21-17). The lead got to as high as five (26-21) on a Griffin ace, but the hosts rallied to take a 29-28 lead on back-to-back FSU attack errors before stealing the game 30-28. It was just the sixth time this season that Florida State lost game one.
Skower and Barry led the way with a team-best five kills each, followed by a trio from freshman outside hitter Malorie Wessel (West Chester, Ohio). The Seminoles held a .270 (.17-7-37) to .212 (12-5-33) advantage in hitting, but serving was the difference in the game as Maryland pick up eight points from its aces and FSU’s errors. The Seminoles were up 12-10 in digs, but down 2-0 for blocks.
Florida State spotted Maryland a 7-5 lead thanks to four errors at the beginning of game two, but the Seminoles rallied to grab an 11-8 lead as Tomic served five-straight points. During the run, Thompson had two kills and combined with Griffin for a block. Back-to-back Griffin aces would push the FSU lead to 16-9 then two more aces from Skower opened a 20-10 advantage. Maryland rallied to get within seven (22-15), but out of a Florida State timeout, Griffin came through with two kills and a solo block to get the lead back to ten (25-15). Back-to-back Maryland blocks helped cut the Seminoles’ margin to five (26-21), but that’s all the closer UM would get as a Thompson kill ended the game 30-23.
Thompson posted a game-high five kills and Griffin was one back while Barry and Skower each had three. A 12-9 advantage in digs helped the Seminoles to a .278 (17-7-36) to .161 (10-5-31) lead in hitting percentage. Florida State had five aces, but UM had the 5-3 margin in blocks.
Game three was a tight affair as the lead changed hands six times before Maryland claimed a 17-15 margin on a block. A Jackie BonSalle (Albuquerque, N.M.) kill followed by a UM ball-handling error tied the game then BonSalle combined with Barry for a block that gave FSU a 19-18 lead. Tied at 20-20, Thompson wrapped two kills around a block by Griffin and Tomic, as the Seminoles claimed a 23-20 lead. The Terrapins rallied to get the game back to 23-23, but FSU ended the game with a 7-0 run that was fueled by two kills from Griffin and Thompson as well as three UM attack errors for the 30-24 decision.
For the second game in a row Thompson was the go-to-player as she led the way with six kills. Griffin was next with three as the only other player with more than a pair of winners. Florida State was up .268 (15-4-41) to .171 (17-10-41) as well as 13-10 in digs and 3-2 for blocks.
Back-to-back Skower kills pulled FSU to within 4-3 at the start of game four, but the Terrapins went on a 6-1 run for a 10-4 lead. Florida State inched its way back as a Maryland attack error following a BonSalle kill tied the match at 13-13. Unfortunately, Maryland would run away with the set on an 11-2 run that gave the hosts a 24-15 margin before UM went onto the 30-19 victory.
Thompson and BonSalle tied for the team lead at four kills apiece, but they were the only players to record more than two kills. Even though Florida State held a 12-6 advantage for digs, it was out-hit .214 (10-4-28) to .086 (14-11-35) and Maryland had a 6-2 lead in blocks.
Game five started as a back-and-fourth affair until the Seminoles went on a 5-0 run for an 8-4 lead. During the run, Skower had a pair of kills and combined with Barry for a block. The Terrapins rallied for a 4-0 run of their own to take a 10-9 lead. FSU would forge an 11-1 tie, but a UM kill and block made it 13-11 before the hosts went on to win the match 15-13.
The Seminoles return to Lucy McDaniel Court at Tully Gymnasium to start a four-match home stand to close out their 2006 home schedule. Florida State is back in action Friday (Nov. 3) when it plays host to Clemson in a 7 p.m. affair.