After a three-match road trip, Maryland volleyball returned home with a win Sunday, defeating Iowa in straight sets with scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.
Maryland relied on its defense on Sunday, with 12 total blocks and 52 digs. Allegra Rivas led the team in that category with 18, while Erika Pritchard had nine and Hailey Rubino and Nicole Alford also had eight each. Rainelle Jones led the Terps with eight blocks, Emma Schriner right behind her with five. Alford also had 32 assists in the match.
On the attacking end, Maryland hit .214 with 39 kills and 14 attack errors. Pritchard led all scorers with 20 kills, hitting .269. Liz Twilley had eight kills and Schriner had six, hitting .385. The Terps did have 11 service errors, five of those coming in set one alone.
Iowa, on the other hand, hit .090 with 32 kills and 22 attack errors. The Hawkeye attack was neutralized, especially kills leader Taylor Louis, who had five kills in the match and eight attack errors, hitting -.094.
The Terps (14-10, 5-7 Big Ten) returned home after a three-match road trip where the team went 1-2. Awaiting them was Iowa, who came into the match on a four-match losing streak, including three straight losses against ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes (12-11, 4-8 Big Ten) were 5-6 on the road before Sunday’s match.
Maryland had control in set one from the start and didn’t let up their lead. The Terps started the match with an 8-4 lead thanks to a 6-1 run. After the Hawkeyes cut it to 9-8, Maryland went on a 10-5 run to increase its lead to 19-13. Iowa closed the gap to 19-15, but a 4-1 Maryland run put the Terps up 23-16, and they’d go on to win 25-19. Maryland hit .250 in the set, while Iowa hit just .067 with seven kills and six attack errors.
In set two, Iowa took control after an early start from Maryland, but the Terps rallied late and took the set. Maryland led 5-3 early, but Iowa went on a 5-0 run to take an 8-5 lead. Maryland answered back with four straight to take a 9-8 lead. Iowa then went on a 7-0 run to go up 15-9, and the Hawkeyes extended it to 17-10. But Maryland then turned on the afterburners, going on a 15-5 run to end the frame, including a 6-0 run to close out the set, winning 25-22 and going up two sets in the match. Maryland hit just .128 in the second set, but Iowa was even worse at .023.
The Terps trailed big again in set three, but came back thanks to a big run to end the set and the match. Iowa took the lead early in the frame, going up 7-4, extending that lead to 10-5 and eventually 14-7. Maryland answered that, though, finishing the set and match on an 18-7 run, to win 25-21 and take the match in straight sets. Both teams had their best offensive sets of the match in set three: Maryland hit .262 and Iowa hit .189.
Maryland continues its homestand Friday at 7 p.m. ET as the Terps welcome Northwestern to the Xfinity Center Pavilion.