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Maryland volleyball beats Indiana in 4 sets to snap losing streak

The Terps pick up their fourth Big Ten win of the season.

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After a three-game skid, Maryland volleyball (15-8, 4-7 Big Ten) found its stride Friday, defeating Indiana (12-11, 1-10 Big Ten) in four sets 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20.

The Terps began their four-game home stand with straight-set losses to No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Michigan State, and looked to right the ship against the Hoosiers.

The Terps fell behind early in the first set, but dominated the rest of the match, winning 25-19. Indiana led as large as 5-1 early, but the Terps finished the game on a 24-14 run. The Terps took advantage of 10 Indiana errors, and Gia Milana led the team with five kills in the game.

Maryland committed only four errors in the opening set, and hit at a .250 clip, compared to Indiana’s .098 hitting percentage.

Indiana kept it close in the second, but the Terps were able to hold on to win, 25-21. Maryland took advantage of six Indiana errors, and four service errors. The Terps led by as much as six in the game, but the Hoosiers kept it close all the way to the end, getting it to within three at 24-21, before Maryland took the last point for the victory.

Maryland hit at only a .238 clip in the second, while Indiana improved its hitting percentage to .195 in the set. The lack of errors made by the Hoosiers kept the game close, but wasn't enough.

Indiana took a commanding 8-2 lead early in the third set, and didn’t turn back, winning 25-19. The Hoosiers lead by as much as nine, taking advantage of seven Maryland attack errors. The Terps fought back, thanks to five Indiana service errors, but the comeback was too little, too late. Indiana hit at a .324 clip in the set, while Maryland faltered and finished the third with only a .083 hitting percentage.

A 10-4 run proved to be the big difference in the final set, as Maryland won 25-20. Despite Indiana have a higher hitting percentage at .407, it was four service errors during the set that killed the Hoosiers. Maryland hit at a .343 clip, their best of any set in the match. The Terps also had 17 kills in the set, by far the most kills in a set overall.

Gia Milana and Erika Pritchard led the Terps in kills, with 14 and 11 respectively, while Samantha Burgio had a team-high 22 digs. For Indiana, Elizabeth Adsell led with 15 kills and Kendall Beerman led with 13 digs.

Maryland finishes off the homestand on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against No. 17 Purdue.