Terps Face Off With a Pair of Ranked Foes
Nov. 15, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team (16-13, 7-10 ACC) travels to the Sunshine State this weekend looking to extend its four-match winning streak against No. 11 Florida State and No. 24 Miami.
First serve for the Terps and Seminoles is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The Terrapins and Hurricanes get underway at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday, Canes All-Access will provide live premium coverage of the Terps and Hurricanes.
Last Time Out
The Terps won their fifth match in six tries with a 3-0 defeat of Virginia in Charlottesville on Friday. The following evening, Maryland knocked off Virginia Tech in four sets to run its winning streak to four.
Maryland closes it regular season at Boston College on Saturday, Nov. 24. The match is scheduled for noon.
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Scouting the Terps
The Terps head to Florida as one of the hottest teams in the conference. Maryland has won four in a row and six of its last seven matches. The team ranks fourth in the conference in assists (12.67 K/S) and kills (13.72 A/S), and is third in service aces (1.29 SA/S).
Ashleigh Crutcher leads the team in kills (406) and ranks second in the conference. Her per set average of 3.79 is third best in the ACC. Adreené Elliott is second on the team in kills (291) and is averaging 2.72 per set. Elliott is converting 37.2 percent of her attack opportunities, which ranks fourth in the ACC and 39th nationally.
Since returning from injury, Mary Cushman has provided a spark to the Maryland offense. Cushman is averaging 3.03 kills per set in conference action, which is the second-highest average on the team.
In ACC competition, Mackenzie Dagostino ranks fifth with a 0.29 service aces per set average and is 10th with a 6.12 assists per set average.
Defensively, Elliott leads the team with 111 total blocks and is averaging 1.04 per set. Since being inserted at libero, Amy Dion is averaging 3.18 digs per set in conference matches and is averaging 4.35 digs over the last six matches.
Scouting the Seminoles
The Seminoles got back on track with wins over Duke and Wake Forest last weekend after dropping a four-set match to No. 25 North Carolina. The Noles lead the conference in hitting percentage (.280) and kills (14.29 K/S), and are holding opponents to .170 hitting, which ranks third. Nationally, FSU ranks 12th in hitting percentage and 23rd in kills per set.
Sareea Freeman and Ashley Neff lead the Seminoles efficient attack. Freeman leads the nation with a .444 hitting percentage, while Ashley Neff ranks 10th nationally and second in the ACC with a .410 hitting percentage.
Duygu Duzceler is responsible for setting up the Florida State hitters. Duzceler is 10th in the conference with a 6.10 assists per set average.
Defensively, Neff has a conference-best 1.66 blocks per set average, which is fourth best in the nation. Katie Mosher is the libero and is sixth in the ACC with 4.38 digs per set.
Scouting the Hurricanes
The Canes have won three in a row after dropping a three-set match at No. 25 North Carolina on Nov. 2. Miami leads the conference in assists (13.26 A/S), blocks (2.97 B/S) and opponent hitting percentage (.166) and ranks second in kills (14.27 K/S). Its 2.97 blocks per set average is 12th best in the nation and Miami ranks 25th nationally in kills per set.
Taylor Hollins and Emani Sims rank eighth in the ACC in kills and hitting percentage, respectively. Hollins is averaging 3.20 kills per set, while Sims is converting 33.4 percent of her attack opportunities.
Nrithya Sundararaman is averaging a conference-best 10.63 assists per set.
Sims and Alexis Mourning are ranked two and three in blocks, respectively. Sims is averaging 1.35 blocks per set and Mourning is right behind with a 1.34 per set average.
At libero, Ryan Shaffer is second in the ACC with 468 digs and a 4.68 per set average.
Maryland and Florida State have met each other a total of 40 times all-time with each team winning 20 apiece. The Noles won this season's earlier meeting, 3-1, and have won three of the past four meetings. The Terps last win in Tallahassee came on Oct. 30, 2005 in four sets.
The Hurricanes hold a 10-7 advantage over the Terps in the all-time series and have won eight in a row including a 3-0 victory early this season in College Park. The Terps last defeated the Canes on Nov. 9, 2007 in Coral Gables by a score of 3-0.
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 Virginia Tech on Saturday, Horsmon now has 290 career wins.
After knocking down 28 kills and 20 kills against Clemson and Georgia Tech, respectively, Ashleigh Crutcher had 23 kills against Wake Forest on Nov. 2. Crutcher became the first Terrapin with three consecutive 20-plus kill matches since Carey Brennan completed the feat on Oct. 29, 2002, against Wake Forest.
On a Role
The Terps scored eight consecutive points in the fourth set to defeat Wake Forest, 26-24, on Nov. 2. Seven of the points came with Kelsey Hrebenach at the service line. The freshman tallied four aces during that span and finished the match with a career-high six aces.
Hrebenach's six aces are the most for Terp since Brittney Grove had six at Virginia on Nov. 14, 2008.
Knocking Them Down
The Terps totaled a season-high 72 kills against Duke on Nov. 4. It is tied for the fourth-highest kill total for a Terrapin team since the 2007 season.
Ashleigh Crutcher capped an amazing offensive weekend with a career-high 28 kills against Clemson on Oct. 28. Her 28 kills is the most kills by an ACC player this season and is the most by a Maryland player since Lynnsy Jones had 33 against Florida State on Oct. 12, 2002.
In addition to her 28 kills against the Tigers, Crutcher had 20 kills against Georgia Tech on Oct. 26 becoming the first Terrapin with 20 or more kills in consecutive matches since Maria DiLivio totaled 20 against Clemson on Oct. 31, 2003, and 20 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 1, 2003.
Mary Cushman and Ashleigh Crutcher each tallied 20 kills against Georgia Tech on Oct. 26. They became the first Maryland tandem with 20 or more kills in a match since Jennifer Dewalt and Sarah Treadwell each had 20 kills in an ACC semifinal against Duke on Nov. 20, 2004.
Since taking over at libero on Oct. 23 at American, Amy Dion has tallied double-digit digs in six of seven matches including three matches with 20 or more digs. Nov. 2 against Duke, Dion recorded a personal-best 26, which is the highest single-game total this season for a Terp.
Cracking The Top 10
With 406 kills this season, Ashleigh Crutcher is 14 kills shy of moving past Daune Koester (419) for the 10th-most kills in a single season. Koester set her mark in 1996.
Against American on Oct. 23, Crutcher reached the 500 kill plateau with 14 kills against the Eagles. Crutcher now has 614 kills for her career.
With 13 kills against Virginia on Sept. 30, Remy McBain eclipsed the 500 kill plateau for her career. McBain currently sits at 592 kills, which is the seventh-highest total for a Terp since 2007.
With 26 assists at Wake Forest on Oct. 6, McBain surpassed the 3,000 assist mark. The Leonia, N.J., native has 3,251 assists over her four years in College Park. She is only the fifth Terp all-time to eclipse 3,000 assists.
Mary Cushman hit the 1,000 career-point mark last weekend. The junior has 1,013 career points, which is the third highest total over the last five seasons.
For the season, Elliott is converting 37.2 percent of her attack opportunities, which places her third all-time. Andrea Mandella holds the all-time single-season record with a .387 hitting percentage which she set in 1989.
On the defensive side of the net, Elliott combined for four solo blocks against Duke and Wake Forest two weekends ago to pass Jade Brown for seventh all-time. Elliott has 59 career solo blocks and trails Lisa Scott (71) for sixth all-time.
Sarah Harper moved past Maria DiLivio (1,102) into eighth all-time in Maryland history in digs against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 15. With 1,190 digs, Harper trails Bethany Springer by 14 digs for seventh all-time.
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