Maryland Rallies, Defeats Florida State In Five Games
Nov. 7, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland volleyball team came back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Florida State, 3-2 (26-30, 19-30, 30-20, 30-24, 15-10), Sunday in Tully Gymnasium. The Terrapins were led by Jennifer Dewalt with 20 kills and seven blocks and Rachel Wagener with seven kills and 10 blocks.
For Maryland, it was the second time in as many matches that it came back from a two-game deficit to force a decisive fifth game. The Terps (12-12, 7-7 ACC) now have a 3-4 record in five-game matches this year. It was also the second year in a row that the Terps came back on the Seminoles in Tallahassee, as Maryland rallied from 0-2 to win on Nov. 14, 2003, in Tully Gym.
Maryland took an early 4-2 lead on two consecutive blocks by Stephanie Smith, but the Seminoles went on to build as much as a nine-point lead later in the first game. The Terrapins would not go away though, as a Jennifer Dewalt kill made the score 17-25. From there, the Terps went on a 8-3 run, capped off by a Jade Brown kill, to pull within four points at 24-28. FSU hung on, however, for the 30-26 victory. The Terps were led in game one by Dewalt with four kills and Beth Gillming with six digs.
In game three, the Terrapins hit a blistering .346 and registered six of their season-high 12 aces to earn a 30-20 victory. Beth Gillming, playing libero for Maryland, notched two aces in the third game, and finished with a career-high four for the match.
Maryland continued its momentum and evened the match with a 30-24 fourth-game victory. The Terps got a big offensive spark from Jade Brown, who tallied six kills in the game.
FSU jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the fifth and final game off of two consecutive aces by Ashley Meyer. The Terps came back to tie the game at three, however, and then built an 8-5 lead behind a Kathy Shahrokh ace and two blocks by Rachel Wagener. The Terps went on to out-hit FSU, .462-.-087, to clinch the match with a 15-10 victory.
Florida State was led by Kristen Rust with 16 kills and 11 digs.
Maryland is back in action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, when it plays its final home conference matches of the year. The Terps host Georgia Tech Friday night at 7 p.m., then take on Clemson on Saturday at 6 p.m. Saturday's match vs. Clemson will be Senior Night for the Terrapins, as seniors Jennifer Dewalt, Maria DiLivio, Aimee Huddleston, Kathy Shahrokh and Sarah Treadwell will play their final conference match in Comcast Center Pavilion.