The Maryland volleyball team closed out its 2012 season with a 3 sets to 1 win on the road at Boston College on Saturday. The Terps ended the season on something of a high note winning 7 of their last 10 matches to finish with an 8-12 record in the ACC. Maryland’s 17-15 overall record is their second winning season under Coach Tim Horsmon.
The Terps got off to a hot start in the first set sprinting out to a 6-1 lead in a run that featured three kills from Ashleigh Crutcher. Maryland was able to maintain its working margin until a three point run by the Eagles closed the gap to 10-9. With the Terrapins holding on to a 2 point lead at 13-11, BC managed another run of four consecutive points to take its first lead of the match at fifteen to thirteen. Maryland responded with a 4 point run of its own that included 2 Kills from Crutcher’s fellow sophomore Adreene Elliott. The Terps were the first to crack 20 on a kill from Mary Cushman. The junior extended the lead to 21-18 on a block. However, BC was able to match Maryland and tie the score at 21 and take 3 of the next 4 points to have a pair of set points. A kill from Crutcher staved off the first but Maryland was unable to withstand the next and dropped the first set 25-23.
Maryland started the second set in a similar fashion to their start in the first taking an early 4-1 lead. This time the Terps seemed determined not to allow BC a chance to get back into the set running off 10 of the next 13 points including three aces one each by Mackenzie Dagostino, Sarah Harper, and Amy Dion. The Terps maintained their ten point advantage to 16-6 before a mini run by the Eagles closed the gap to seven. The teams exchanged points before a kill by Elliott followed but two more from Crutcher pulled the Terps ahead 20-11. While Maryland once again extended the lead to ten BC wasn’t quite done stringing together three strait to make the score 23-16. A BC ball handling error and block by freshmen Kelsey Hrebenach and Emily Fraik evened the match at a set apiece.
For the third time in three sets Maryland seemed like the far superior team taking advantage of some sloppy play by Boston College to pull out to an early 7-1 lead. Although the Eagles would make the set competitive, the Terps would not relinquish the lead. The initial rush from the home team came when they captured 8 of 11 points to pull within ten to nine. Kills from Cushman and Crutcher and another block from the Hrebenach and Fraik combo gave the Terps a 13-10 cushion. The Terps maintained the momentum stretching the lead to 7 at 20-13. In a typical match ebb and flow, BC would take four of the next five points to close within four but a kill from Remy McBain stopped the Eagles’ momentum. Maryland was able to reach its first set point at 24-20 on a kill from Crutcher. The home team staved off the first but Emily Fraik’s second kill of the set wrapped it up at 25-21.
The opening of the fourth set broke the pattern of the first three with Boston College taking early leads of 3 to 1 and six to three. A kill by Elliott and back to back plays from Cushman tied the score at six. The set would remain a tight back and forth affair with neither team able to pull ahead by more than a point until a block from the freshman duo and an ace from Cushman gave the Terps a 19-17 lead. Maryland was unable to take advantage and BC immediately came back to tie the score. Following another tie at twenty, Maryland put together back to back scores to get a crucial 2 point lead. A ball handling error by BC pulled the Terps to a set point at 24-22 that the Eagles once again staved off as they had done in the previous set. This was as close as BC would come as Remy McBain would close her Maryland career with a kill to give the Terps the win.
Not only would McBain close out her final match with a winning kill but she also had a triple-double with 11 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs and a team leading .450 hitting percentage. But this victory was a team effort. Ashleigh Crutcher led in kills with 17 and Adreene Elliott would join them in double figures with ten. Mackenzie Dagostino led Maryland with 27 assists and another freshman, Amy Dion led the Terps with 16 digs. Mary Cushman fell one kill short of a double-double with nine kills and 13 digs. Congratulations on a strong close to the season.
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