Oct. 11, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Seminole volleyball team (9-9, 1-5 ACC) fell 0-3 at Maryland (16-4, 5-1 ACC) by scores of 12-30, 20-30, 30-27 on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Cassie McLaughlin led the Seminoles with 10 kills, while senior setter Jennifer Anderson controlled the offense with 21 assists. Cerina Pele posted seven digs defensively.
Florida State fell behind 5-2 to the Maryland Terrapins at the start of game one. Maryland pushed its’ lead to 10-4 as the Seminole offense struggled to find momentum. The score increased to 16-7 in favor of the Terrapins as Maryland continued to overpower FSU at the net. Seminole errors proved costly as UM went on to a 30-12 game one victory.
The Seminole offense seemed to finally get things going at the start of game two as FSU jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Maryland would rebound to cut Florida State’s lead to two at 7-5 and later tied the score at 13. UM would continue on a blistering 14-1 run that found the Seminoles trailing 24-14. FSU tried to rally but fell short 30-20 in game two to give Maryland a 2-0 lead in the match. Griffin led Florida State with four kills in game two despite the loss.
As they did in game one, the Terrapins opened game three with a 5-2 advantage. The Seminoles battled back to tie the game at 8-8 and took their first lead of the game at 10-9. Florida State held on to a 15-14 one-point lead at the halfway point of game three before Maryland tied the score at 16 apiece. FSU broke the 16-16 tie with a 4-1 scoring run behind the power of Sarah Griffin to take a 20-17 lead in game three. The Seminoles held onto their one-point lead as both teams traded points late in the game. UM finally got a break to tie the score at 27 and scored the game’s final three points to take game three 30-27.
Florida State will travel to Central Florida on Tuesday, October 14th. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles return home next weekend to host Clemson and Georgia Tech.