Maryland volleyball returned to the road after a disappointing 0-2 home stand last weekend. Friday night didn’t fare much better for the Terps as they lost to No. 17 Purdue in four sets: 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-25.
The Terps (12-9, 3-6 Big Ten) had a balanced attack up top as Erika Pritchard and Liz Twilley led the team with 17 kills each. Katie Myers also had eight kills, but the Terps hit .140 as a team with 30 attack errors, more than twice as much as Purdue’s 13. Pritchard had another double-double with 13 digs. Allegra Rivas led Maryland with 19 digs. On the other side, Purdue hit .308.
The Terps have lost both matches this season against the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-4 Big Ten), both coming in four sets. Maryland has now dropped three straight contests and is 3-6 in conference play.
Purdue started the match strong, not trailing at any point in set one. The Boilermakers began the set on a 4-1 run, keeping it steady to go up 11-7. The Terps cut the lead to 13-11 before Purdue went on a 5-0 run, jumping out to an 18-11 lead. Maryland cut the lead to 20-17 after a 6-2 run and then cut it even further to 23-21, but Purdue took the last two points of the set, winning 25-21. Attack errors really bit the Terps in set one, as Maryland committed 10 with 13 kills for a .083 hitting percentage. Purdue, on the other hand, hit .364 in the set with 15 kills and three errors.
Set two fared much better for the Terps, as they battled back from an early deficit and rallied late to even the match. Purdue started out hot, going on two early 4-0 runs to take a 10-4 lead, but the Terps would cut it to 14-11. Purdue re-extended the lead to 18-14, but a 3-0 Maryland run made it 19-18. The Boilermakers extended the lead back to 22-19, then 23-21, like in set one. But unlike in the previous set, the Terps went on a 4-0 run to take the frame, 25-23. Maryland was better offensively in set two, hitting .159. Purdue also was worse on the attack, dropping its hitting percentage to .239.
Maryland looked in control early in set three, but after the teams traded two long runs, the Boilermakers secured the match lead. Maryland led early, but Purdue then went on a 7-0 lead to take an 11-6 lead. The Boilermakers were leading at 14-10 before Maryland went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-14 lead. Purdue came immediately back with a 4-0 run to retake the lead at 18-16. Maryland cut it to one at 21-20, but a 4-0 Purdue run won the set for the Boilermakers, 25-20, and take a 2-1 lead in the match. This was Maryland’s offensive set of the match (.184) and Purdue’s worst (.211), but the Boilermakers still had enough.
The Terps looked to still have energy at the beginning of the fourth set, but Purdue quickly took over and dominated the set. Maryland took an early 3-1 lead, only letting that go after a 12-5 Purdue run as the Boilermakers took a 14-8 lead. Purdue ended the match on an 11-5 run, winning 25-13 and taking the match, 3-1. Maryland didn’t hit well in set four, hitting .125 with 10 kills and six attack errors. Purdue took control offensively, hitting .483 with 16 kills and just two attack errors.
Maryland will continue its extended road trip Sunday in Bloomington as the Terps face former head coach Steve Aird and Indiana at 1 p.m. ET.