Terps Welcome #12 Florida State and Miami
Oct. 10, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team is set to take on a pair of Florida rivals this weekend at Comcast Pavilion.
On Friday, Maryland and Miami face off at 7 p.m. The Terps close the weekend against No. 12 Florida State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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Last Time Out
The Terps dropped a pair of matches at Duke and at Wake Forest last weekend. Friday night in Durham, sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher paced the Terps with 16 kills and added seven digs, while senior Remy McBain totaled 19 assists and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
On Sunday, Crutcher tallied her second double-double of the season with a team-high 15 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Catie Coyle had a career-high 10 kills.
The Terps are back on the road next weekend against NC State and North Carolina.
Maryland takes on the Tar Heels at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, and face the Wolfpack on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.
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Scouting the Terps
In conference play, the Terps rank in the top half of the ACC in kills and hitting percentage. The Terrapins rank fifth in the ACC in both categories. Maryland is averaging 12.96 kills per set and converting 19.4 percent of its attack opportunities.
Individually, sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher is second in the ACC with 99 kills and ranks third with a 3.81 kills per set average.
Sophomore Adreené Elliott leads the squad in hitting percentage and ranks seventh in the ACC and 19th nationally. Elliott is hitting .370 in ACC action.
Freshman Emily Fraik has been an incredibly strong server since the Terps have entered conference play. Fraik has a team-best eight service aces and ranks third in the league averaging 0.38 service aces per set.
Senior Remy McBain and freshman Mackenzie Dagostino have split the setting duties for the Terps. In fact, Dagostino and McBain both have 144 assists and are averaging 5.54 assists per set in ACC play.
Junior Sarah Harper has totaled 110 digs in seven ACC matches. Harper is seventh in the conference with a 4.23 digs per set average.
Scouting the Seminoles
The Seminoles enter the weekend after two three-set victories over NC State and North Carolina last weekend in Tallahassee. Florida State will face Boston College on Friday before arriving in College Park.
In conference play, the Noles are in the top three in three offensive categories and rank first in two categories. The squad is tops in the ACC in hitting percentage (.277) and kills per set (14.52), and ranks second in assists per set (13.33). Overall, Florida State is 11th nationally in hitting percentage (.291) and 25th nationally in kills per set (14.33).
The Seminoles are led by Fatma Yildirim, who leads the team in total kills (165), and Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff, who rank first and second, respectively, in hitting percentage in conference play. Freeman is converting 50.4 percent of her attack opportunities in ACC competition and ranks fifth nationally with a .445 hitting percentage overall. Neff, who is hitting .463 in conference action, ranks third nationally with a .457 hitting percentage on the season.
Defensively, Florida State has held conference opponents to .182 hitting, which ranks fourth in the ACC. Overall, Neff ranks ninth nationally with a conference-best 1.55 blocks per set. Freeman is not far behind with a 1.09 blocks per set average on the year. In ACC play, the Seminoles are averaging 2.56 blocks per set, which ranks third.
Scouting the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes knocked off NC State and North Carolina at home last weekend. Both matches ended with a 3-1 score.
Miami possesses a highly efficient offense and a stingy defense. In ACC action, the Hurricanes rank third with a .239 hitting percentage and are holding conference foes to a conference-best .143 hitting. The Hurricanes defense along the net has been key to their success. The squad leads the conference averaging 3.30 blocks per set against ACC competition. Sims and Mourning rank first and fourth, respectively. Sims is tallying 1.60 blocks per set, while Mourning averages 1.48 per set.
On the year, Miami is averaging 14.44 kills per set, which ranks 14th nationally. In conference play, Miami ranks second with 14.04 kills per set. The Hurricanes are led by Emani Sims and Alexis Mourning. Sims is averaging 3.00 kills per set against league foes, while Mourning is hitting .359 in league play. Both rank 10th in the ACC in their respective categories.
Nrithya Sundararaman is averaging 9.82 assists per set in ACC play, which ranks fourth in the conference. As a team, the Hurricanes are averaging a league-best 13.51 assists overall.
The Terps lead the all-time series against the Seminoles by a 20-19 margin. Florida State has won two straight in the series. Maryland knocked off the 22nd-ranked Noles in five sets at home on Oct. 17, 2010, which is the Terps' last win over Florida State.
The Hurricanes have won 9 of 16 meetings and seven in a row against the Terps. Maryland's last win over Miami came in Coral Gables on Nov. 9, 2007. The Terps' last home victory over the Canes came that same year as Marylalnd defeated Miami in four sets on Oct. 13.
Head Coach Tim Horsmon
Tim Horsmon is in his fifth season in charge of the Maryland volleyball team. With the Terps' victory over Villanova on Aug. 24, Horsmon won his 50th career game at Maryland.
With Maryland's win over Virgina on Sept. 30, Horsmon now has 284 career wins.
Keep Setting Crutcher
Sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher totaled a career-high 26 kills against Virginia Tech on Sept. 28. It marked the most kills by a Terrapin since Jade Brown knocked down 27 kills against North Carolina on Nov. 25, 2006.
With 13 kills against Virginia on Sept. 30, senior Remy McBain eclipsed the 500 kill plateau for her career. McBain currently sits at 501 kills.
With 26 assists at Wake Forest on Sunday, McBain surpassed the 3,000 assist mark. The Leonia, N.J., native has 3,025 assists over her four years in College Park. She is only the fifth Terp all-time to eclipse 3,000 assists.
Sophomore Adreené Elliott blocked four shots, including one solo block, at Duke on Oct. 5 and now has 50 career solo blocks. Elliott is currently averaging 1.12 blocks per set.
Junior Mary Cushman's next assisted block will be the 100th of her career.
The Terps wrapped up their pre-conference tournament schedule at LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 14-15. Sophomore Adreené Elliott came away with the highest honors. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native was voted the MVP of both the Villanova Classic and Blackbird Invitational as well as earning a spot on the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills All-Tournament team.
At the Blackbird Invitational, Elliott tallied 31 kills and 23 total blocks including a career-high eight total blocks against St. John's. Elliott tied the mark with another eight total blocks against LIU Brooklyn the following night.
In three matches at the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational, Elliott finished with 32 kills and a .419 hitting percentage. In the win over George Washington, Elliott had a career-high .619 hitting percentage.
Elliott took home MVP honors at the Villanova Classic to open the season. In three matches, she tallied 26 kills and 13 total blocks. Elliott finished the weekend with a .353 hitting percentage.
With 54 kills at the Maryland Invitational, sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher earned a spot on the Maryland Invitational All-Tournament team. Crutcher leads the Terps in kills with 158.
Junior Mary Cushman and Gold earned spots on the Blackbird Invitational All-Tournament team. In three matches, Cushman finished with 28 kills, 13 digs and six total blocks. Cushman had a season-high .480 hitting percentage against St. John's. Gold completed the weekend with 25 kills and 16 digs.
For the season, Elliott is converting 40.1 percent of her attack opportunities. On her current pace, Elliott would become Maryland's single-season hitting percentage record holder.
On the defensive side of the net, Elliott is tied with Katie Usher for ninth in program history with 50 career solo blocks. Elliott is three solo blocks shy of passing Jaime Summers for eighth all-time.
Junior Sarah Harper moved past Maria DiLivio (1,002) into eighth all-time in Maryland history in digs against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 15. With 1,097 digs, Harper trails Bethany Springer by 107 digs for seventh all-time.
The Terps welcomed seven newcomers to the squad this season. The seven-member class was given highest honorable mention honors by PrepVolleyball.com.
So far this season, all seven freshmen have seen action for the Terps, which is the most in the ACC.
Emily Fraik totaled a career-high eight kills in the Terps' win over Virginia on Sept. 30 and ranks third in the conference with 0.38 service aces per set in league action.
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