Oct. 12, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - In its second ACC series on the road, the Florida State volleyball team took one game out of four against Maryland in College Park on Friday, Oct. 12. The Seminoles led after game one but after a very close game two and three, fell to the Terps 1-3 (30-26, 28-30, 28-30, 18-30) at the Comcast Center.
Florida State has been unable to bring home a win against a conference opponent while away from Tully Gym this season. The garnet and gold drop to 3-5 in the ACC and 6-10 overall, while Maryland matches the Seminoles in the conference and glides to a 11-6 season record.
Game one started the night out in the right direction for the Seminoles as senior Makini Thompson led her squad with three kills and a .300 hitting percentage. Junior power hitter Mira Djuric also recorded triple kills and two service aces.
Djuric led both teams in overall kills, recording a season-high 22 kills for a .447 hitting percentage for the four games. The Serbia native also had a season-high 25.5 points throughout the evening.
Topping the season in the service aces category was junior defensive specialist Ashlee Moon with three in game one. Moon would finish the match with a total of five as well as a season-high three assists.
Both teams went point-for-point for the majority of game two with the score tied at 27 apiece when Florida State called a timeout. Back on the court with Maryland's Maggie Schmelzle serving, sophomore Brianna Barry recorded a nice kill to move the Seminoles ahead by one. The Terps were quick to answer, putting down back-to-back kills for the win from Mary Beth Brown and Jade Brown.
Game three started similar to two with the both teams matching points before Maryland pulled away with a 17-13 lead on Florida State. Once again it was anyone's game with the score at 29-28 in favor of the Terps with Seminole libero Summer Weissing stepping up to serve. The senior co-captain sealed the deal for Maryland with a service error ending the game in a 28-30 decision.
Game four started out on the wrong foot for the Seminoles when a ball handling error by freshman setter Lauren Rosenthal gave the first point to Maryland. The first 10 points were slow to come for Florida State as the Terps pulled away with a big 19-9 lead midway through. The Seminoles would only double that score as Maryland dominated the court, pulling off a 30-18 match win.
Florida State has yet to pull off a victory when down 2-1 this season and hope Saturday's match against Boston College will bring the first road ACC win of 2007. The Seminoles travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face the Eagles tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. The game will be shown live on ACC Select.