After a straight set loss at Penn State, Maryland volleyball bounced back and evened its Big Ten record Saturday night, as the Terps defeated Rutgers in straight sets with scores of 27-25, 25-15 and 25-14.
The Terps’ attack was back on Saturday, as team had 40 kills. Erika Pritchard led the way with 16, Emma Schriner had eight and Liz Twilley had seven . Abigail Bentz led the Terps with nine digs and Allegra Rivas also had eight digs.
Maryland had a .330 hitting percentage and only committed 17 total errors. The Terps also had 11 total blocks compared to Rutgers’ four, and Maryland totaled six service aces, twice as many as the Scarlet Knights.
In set one, Maryland got off to a sizable lead, and while Rutgers stormed back, a late run gave the Terps the set. Maryland began the set in clear control, leading 12-6, and extended its lead to 19-12 late in the set. But with the Terps up 22-16, Rutgers went on a 6-0 run to tie the set up. The Scarlet Knights had set point at 25-24, coming all the way back before Maryland went on a 3-0 run to take the first set, 27-25.
Set two was a much more comfortable win for the Terps, though it started out rough. A 6-0 Rutgers run after Maryland took an early 2-0 lead gave the Scarlet Knights a four-point advantag, but Maryland erased that with four straight points. Rutgers held the lead as late as 12-9 when the Maryland turned on the afterburners. The Terps went on a 9-0 scoring run to take an 18-12 lead and finished the set on a 7-2 run, winning handily, 25-15.
Set three followed similarly to set two, but it was all Maryland early on. The Terps jumped out to an 8-1 lead, and after Rutgers closed it to 13-7, Maryland went on a 6-2 scoring run to pull in front 19-9. That was enough of a cushion, even with Rutgers scoring four straight points to make it 19-13. Maryland finished the set on a 6-1 run, winning 25-14 and the match 3-0.
Maryland returns home on Friday, October 12th to face Michigan State at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on BTN.