October 30, 2005 - by
Volleyball Fights, But Maryland Prevails 3-1 In Battletested Contest

Oct. 30, 2005

Final Stats

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the Seminoles were defeated 3-1 Sunday afternoon, the match was a lot closer than the final score indicated.


Florida State outscored (76.0 – 74.0), out-hit (.197 – .148) and out-served (9 – 6 aces) first place Maryland but the Terps found a way to win behind FSU’s 12 service errors by close scores of 30-27, 30-25, 14-30, and 30-22. 


With the loss, the Seminoles dropped to 6-15 overall and 4-9 in ACC play while the Terrapins improved to 22-1 on the season 13-1 in the league.


Florida State sophomore Makini Thompson had a career day, recording 17 kills, 49 attempts and eight digs for a career-high 20.0 points.  Junior Sarah Griffin contributed her first double-double performance of the year with 10 kills and 10 digs.  Senior Andreza Santos registered 11 kills on 20 attempts for a .450 hitting percentage and sophomore Gabrielle Rivera tallied seven kills and four total blocks (1-3).  Seminole setters Jessica Skower and Zrinka Tomic had 33 and 13 assists, respectively. 


Griffin, who had a team season-high seven service aces on Friday night against Boston College, added three more today to bring her total to a team-best 32 this season.


Florida State jumped out on top in the first game, but the Terps evened it at 3-3 on a service ace by Maryland‘s Stephanie Dorion.  With the Seminoles leading 13-12, Maryland went a 5-0 run to take the 17-12 advantage.  Florida State fired back and tied it up at 27-all, but a service error followed by a Terp block handed Maryland the 29-27 lead.  A combined block by the Terp’s Rachel Wagener and Maggie Schmelzle ended the game at 30-27.


In the second contest, Florida State fell behind 14-12 but once again tied it late at 23-23 before Maryland‘s Jade Brown came through with the kill.  However, the Seminoles quickly fell behind and dropped the game 30-25 behind a match-low .159 hitting percentage. 


The Tribe gave their best performance in the third contest behind a .258 hitting effort and strong serving.  FSU went ahead 10-3 and extended the advantage to 24-12 on Griffin‘s serving.  The Terps never found their hitting rhythm as the Seminoles cruised away with a 30-14 victory.    


Fatigue and carelessness set in for the Seminoles in the fourth battle as the opponent built a 13-6 lead on a kill by the Terps’ Mary Beth Brown.  Down the stretch Maryland proved too strong and went ahead 21-15 before closing out the match with a 30-22 win. 


Maggie Schmelzle led Maryland with 15 kills and 16 digs.


Florida State takes on Clemson Friday at 7pm to start a five-match road trip. 





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