Terps Hang Tough But Fall To #12 Noles
Oct. 14, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher totaled a match-high 18 kills and freshman Mackenzie Dagostino dished out a personal-best 43 assists, but No. 12 Florida State knocked off the Maryland volleyball team in four sets (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17) Sunday afternoon at Comcast Pavilion.
In addition to her 18 kills, Crutcher added 11 digs for her third double-double of the year. Dagostino finished with 10 digs to go along with 43 assists for her team-high eighth double-double of the season.
Crutcher (5), Elliott (6) and McBain (5) combined for 16 of the Terps 18 kills in an opening set that was tight throughout. The Terps (10-10, 2-7 ACC) earned an early 6-3 advantage following a kill from Crutcher. The Seminoles quickly responded and scored three consecutive points to tie the set. Both squads stayed within three points of each other for the remainder of the frame.
Florida State gained its largest lead of the set at 16-13. The Terps then rattled off five of the next seven points to tie it at 18. Following a Seminole timeout, Florida State once again increased its lead to three at 23-20. Maryland cut the deficit to two points on two separate occasions, but did not get any closer as the Noles won the opening set 25-22.
Crutcher led the Terps in kills in the second set with five as Florida State led the entire frame eventually winning 25-17. Maryland cut the deficit to one point on four occasions, but was unable to tie it up. The Terps were presented their final opportunity at 18-17 following a Seminole error, but Florida State closed the set on a 7-0 run.
Four service aces keyed Maryland's victory in the third set. Freshman Dani Bozzini tallied two aces and junior Sarah Harper and McBain added one apiece. With Maryland up 10-9 early in the frame, a kill from sophomore Catie Coyle, who had seven kills on the day, sparked 5-0 Terrapin run that was punctuated by back-to-back service aces by Bozzini.
A Seminole block brought Florida State within two points at 16-14. The Terps responded with a 4-0 run to put the set away as Maryland won 25-22.
The final set was reminiscent of the second set as Florida State led the majority of the frame. The Seminoles earned the lead at 3-2 following a kill from Fatma Yildirim and did not relinquish it. The Seminoles took the final set 25-17.