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Maryland volleyball falls to Purdue in 4 sets

The Terps came out with energy, but errors and a potent Purdue attack were too much for Maryland to handle.

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Despite a strong start, Maryland volleyball fell to No. 16 Purdue on Wednesday night in four sets, with scores of 25-15, 21-25, 23-25, 21-25.

Maryland committed 23 attack errors on the night, including 10 in the second set, which were vital in Purdue winning that set after the Terps cruised in the first. The Boilermakers took three straight sets to close the match.

Erika Pritchard led the Terps with 17 kills, recording a double-double with 17 digs as well. Katie Myers followed with 11 kills and Emma Schriner had nine of her own. Allegra Rivas led Maryland with 18 digs, Pritchard following in close suit. Samantha Burgio had nine digs and Abigail Bentz had seven. Maryland had a .212 hitting percentage and 10 total blocks, but the errors were too much.

The Terps came off a straight-set loss Saturday night at Minnesota. They looked to rebound against the Boilermakers, whom they upset at home last year in five sets.

Things started positively in the first set as Maryland handedly won, 25-15. The Terps ended the set on an 11-3 run, and controlled the entire frame. Despite four service errors, they capitalized on 13 kills, two 3-0 scoring runs and two 4-0 scoring runs. In the set, Maryland also had a .462 hitting percentage.

Set two was a different story, as 10 attack errors haunted Maryland en route to a 25-21 loss. Maryland’s hitting percentage was .162 in the set. The Boilermakers had scoring runs of 4-0 and 5-0 in the set. Purdue led as much as 20-12 before Maryland went on an 8-2 scoring run to cut the deficit to 22-20, but a 3-1 scoring run gave Purdue the set.

Set three was back and forth, but a late run from Purdue made the difference in a 25-23 win. The Boilermakers took an early 8-3 lead and extended it to 16-10 before Maryland got back in the match, going on a 10-2 scoring run to take a 20-18 lead. Purdue answered wth a 7-3 run of its own to take the set. Maryland had seven attack errors in the set despite 14 kills and had a .194 hitting percentage.

The fourth set closely resembled the third, with Maryland taking a late lead and Purdue going on a run to win the set and the match, 25-21. The Boilermakers took an early 6-4 lead, but Maryland kept pace. The Terps went on a 9-4 run to take a 13-10 lead. Maryland kept the lead until 20-18, when Purdue went on a 7-1 run to take the final set.

Maryland welcomes Ohio State to the Xfinity Center Pavilion on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes received 23 points in the current AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.