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Nov. 7, 1997

Florida State Volleyball Falls to Undefeated Maryland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Volleyball fans got their money's worth as the Atlantic Coast Conference's numbers one and two teams met this evening at Tully Gym. The four-game match was highly competitive but the veteran Maryland Terrapins, the nation's only current undefeated Division I women's volleyball team, proved to be too strong for the Florida State Lady Seminoles and improved to 23-0 and 14-0 in league play with a 15-12, 15-9, 10-15, 15-8 victory. With the loss, FSU's record is now 21-7 and 8-5 in league play.

"They (the Maryland Terrapins) are probably one of the best ball-control teams in the country," FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. "I thought we had some solid serving tonight, but Maryland can really keep the ball in play. I think it's extremely disheartening to hit a ball and hit a ball over and over again, but not get it anywhere."

FSU freshman Jennifer Werrick led the Tribe with 15 kills as four FSU players tallied double-digit kills. Holly Schneider followed with another double-double performance with 14 kills and a team-high 20 digs. Aisha Thornton led the team in hitting percentage with a .269 effort with 12 kills. Susan Hawks recorded six of the team's 16 blocks and also had 10 kills.

"I think we played them (Terrapins) really tough, but we had a lot of mental errors," Hawks said. "We were right there and I think going into the (ACC) tournament, it's going to be close. We just have to work on cutting down those mental errors."

Maryland provided a balanced effort in the victory with five players recording double-digit kills, led by Kim Adolphs and Elizabeth Efron's 18 kills apiece. As a team, the Terps hit .286 and had 15 blocks.

Florida State will host Virginia in its final home match tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Tully Gym.

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