Terps Road Trip to Northwestern, Illinois

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Maryland (13-5, 2-4 B1G)Gardner-Webb at Gardner-Webb Northwestern (12-6, 2-4 B1G)
Oct. 13 | McGrath-Phillips Arena | Chicago, Ill.

Maryland (13-5, 2-4 B1G)Gardner-Webb at Gardner-Webb Illinois (13-4, 4-2 B1G)
Oct. 14 | Huff Hall | Champaign, Ill.

opponent capsules
Series vs. Maryland: 
Northwestern leads, 3-2
Last Time Out: 
Nov. 19, 2016 (Northwestern, 3-0)
Series vs. Maryland:  Illinois leads, 4-0
Last Time Out: Nov. 18, 2016 (Illinois, 3-0)
Stat Comparison
Category MD NU ILL
Kills/Set 13.2 13.8 13.8
Hitting Pct. .248 .272 .299
Blocks/Set 2.3 2.2 3.1
Digs/Set 12.9 12.7 13.1
Assists/Set 12.3 13.0 12.7
Aces/Set 1.5 1.8 1.3

Kelsey Wicinski
Jr. || 5'10" || L
Geneva, Ill.
Leads the Big Ten with 4.78 digs per set ... is playing in her home state this weekend.

Next Home Match
Maryland vs. Wisconsin
Wedesday, Oct. 18 | 6 p.m.
The Terps host Wisconsin on the Big Ten Network! Maryland will host Dr. Seuss Night, and in honor of our four Samanthas, any "Sam I Am" will get in for free! | TICKETS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball team (13-5, 2-4 B1G) is back on the road as the Terps face Northwestern (12-6, 2-4) on Friday at Illinois (13-4, 4-2) on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

Due to construction on Welsh-Ryan Arena, Maryland’s match vs. Northwestern will be played at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.

The Terps went 1-1 last week: sweeping Rutgers last Friday before falling to then-No. 3 Penn State in three sets on Saturday. With the win over the Scarlet Knights, Maryland surpassed its 2016 win total.

The Wildcats and Fighting Illini both went 1-1 last week with wins over Indiana and losses to then-No. 18 Purdue. Northwestern’s Symone Abbott lead the conference with 4.42 kills per set while Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli leads the Big Ten with 1.85 blocks per set.

Maryland's match against Michigan State on Oct. 21 will be played on the XFINITY Center main court with a 5:30 p.m. opening serve. The teams will compete before the Maryland basketball programs host their annual Maryland Madness. Admission to the match will be free.

Junior libero Kelsey Wicinski leads the Terps in the back row and currently leads the conference with 4.78 digs per set.

In just her first season as a Terp, freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been a crucial player for the Terps. A member of the program's highest-ranked recruiting class, Pritchard is second on Maryland with 2.95 kills per set and leads the Big Ten with 0.57 service aces per set. The Middletown, Md., native ranks fourth nationally in aces per set.

Maryland went 11-1 in nonconference play, the team's best showing in nonconference play since going 8-1 in 2007. The Terps began the season with 10 straight wins, the best start to a season for the program since 2005.