Oct. 10, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole volleyball team returned home after five weeks on the road with a big win over Maryland in Tully Gym. Florida State downed the Terrapins in four sets, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, and improve to 10-6 overall (2-4 ACC) while Maryland slips to 5-13 and 1-5 in the conference.
“It’s good to be home,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “It felt weird playing in here because it’s been such a long time since we’ve played in here.”
After sitting out for two weeks with an eye injury, Florida State’s top-hitter Brianna Barry wasted no time as she once again led the team with a .258 attack percentage with 13 kills, one solo block and five block assists. Also with 13 kills was sophomore Lauren Richardson who had to sit out of the Clemson match due to an illness. Richardson also posted three block assists and matched her career high with 17 digs.
“I’d like to think our chemistry is going to come back, that we’re going to get a little more in-sync than we were tonight,” Poole said. “But it’s a win and I thought they worked hard and found a way to pull it out.”
The Seminoles looked like their old selves as they dominated the Terps with 10 team blocks to three. In addition to Barry and Richardson’s blocks, junior Jordana Price contributed a solo and three assisted, Stephanie Neville was credited with two assisted and Nikki Baker, Rachael Morgan and Abby Niekamp had one assisted block each.
“I felt like the whole game we were just testing each other,” Poole said. “So we’ve got to build on that and get better tomorrow. We’ve got to get ready to play Boston College on Sunday.”
Florida State returns to Lucy McDaniel Court at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to face the Boston College Eagles who lost 0-3 to Miami in Coral Gables on Friday.