Maryland Faces Pitt, UNC in Weekend Action

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Maryland (13-15, 5-11 ACC) closes out its home schedule Sunday, November 24 as it takes on No. 14 North Carolina for the program's final home contest as a member of the ACC. The match is a revenge game for the Terps, who fell to the Tar Heels in a five-set thriller on October 25 in front of more than 15,000 fans at the Dean Dome. The contest is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Prior to Sunday's match, the Terps are scheduled for a bout at Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:00 p.m., marking Maryland's first trip to Pitt since 2005. The Terrapins defeated the Panthers three weeks ago on October 30, 3-1.

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Promotion Schedule

The Maryland athletics marketing department has put together a fantastic promotional schedule for fans of all ages this season! Be sure to come to Comcast Pavilion for the Terps' final home match against North Carolina on November 24! Posters and schedule cards will be available at every match!

  • Sunday, Novemeber 24 vs. North Carolina - Free wristbands/ACC Tribute

Scouting the Terps

2013 Maryland Terrapins: 13-15, (5-11 ACC)
2013 Statistics
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Maryland looks to rebound from losses to Boston College and Syrcause last weekend. Despite totaling the exact same number of kills (59) as Syracuse, the Terps' were undone by 10 Orange service aces.

Junior Ashleigh Crutcher led the Terps with 33 kills (4.71/s) in the two matches last weekend, while Mary Cushman had 24 kills (3.43/s) with a .316 hitting percentage. Freshman Whitney Craigo notched a career-high 31 assists at Syracuse.

Maryland has held firm to its claim as one of the best blocking teams in the ACC, ranking second (29th nationally) with 2.72 blocks/s. Individually, Sarah Harper ranks second in the conference with 4.79 digs/s and freshman Ashlyn MacGregor ranks fifth with 1.27 blocks/s.

Scouting the Panthers

2013 Pittsburgh Panthers: 15-14, (7-9 ACC)
2013 Statistics
All-Time Series: Tied, 12-12
Last Meeting: 10/30/13, MD (3-1)
Last Pitt Win: 9/2/95 (3-1)

The Terps look to sweep the season series against Pittsburgh Friday after taking down the Panthers in four sets earlier this season. Maryland's Ashleigh Crutcher dominated the contest on October 30, posting 24 of the Terps' 48 kills in the match.

The Panthers are a phenomenal serving team, tallying an ACC-best 1.61 services aces per set. Pittsburgh has three players with more than 35 service aces this season: Jenna Jacobson (41), Mari Genitsaridi (38) and Lindsey Zitzke (36).

Jessica Wynn leads Pitt with 347 kills (3.04/s), while Delaney Clesen has 459 digs (4.03/s).

Scouting the #14 Tar Heels

2013 North Carolina Tar Heels: 25-3, (14-3 ACC)
2013 Statistics
All-Time Series: UNC leads, 23-41
Last Meeting: 10/25/13, UNC (3-2)
Last Maryland Win: 11/13/09 (3-1)

North Carolina has not lost to Maryland since 2009, as it held off the Terps in five sets earlier this season on October 25. The Tar Heels have since won six-of-eight matches and currently sit in second place in the ACC standings.

The Tar Heels rank second in the conference in a number categories, including service aces (1.46), assists (13.33) and kills (14.33). The team includes two of the most proficient hitters in the ACC, as Paige Neuenfeldt ranks third (.364 pct.) and Victoria McPherson ranks eighth (.312 pct.).

Maryland found success against UNC on October 25 by jumping out to a first set victory. The Terps had three players reach double-figure kill totals in the effort: Ashleigh Crutcher (16), Mary Cushman (12) and Adreene Elliott (10).

Final ACC Home Game

Sunday's match against North Carolina marks the Maryland volleyball team's final home contest as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps were one of eight institutions to compete in the ACC's inaugural volleyball season in 1980, accumulating a record of 23-20.

The Terps captured four regular season ACC titles ('90, '96, '97, '05) and four tournament titles ('90, '96, '03, '04) during their tenure. Among the most notable moments was when Maryland shocked the ACC in 2004 by claiming the conference tournament crown after finishing seventh in the regular season with a 7-9 record.

Maryland has had three ACC Players of the Year (Colleen Hurley '90, Daune Koester '96, Eden Kroeger '97), four ACC Tournament MVPs and 45 All-ACC selections.

Hitting Proficiency

The Terps have played well offensively over the last two weeks, culminating with a strong .314 hitting percentage performance at Syracuse.

Freshman Ashlyn MacGregor has emerged as a reliable asset for Maryland at middle hitter, connecting on 50% of her attacks over the last four games. Senior Mary Cushman has also elevated her hitting proficiency, posting at least 30% in each of her last three games.

Digs Record Broken

With her 14th dig in the third set against Wake Forest on November 10, senior Sarah Harper became the Maryland volleyball team's all-time leader in digs. Harper surpassed Nicole Lantagne's record of 1,668 digs, which had stood since 1993. Harper currently has 1,671 digs.

The historic milestone achievement put a bow on a fantastic Senior Day for Harper, Mary Cushman and Carlisle Abele. Harper was presented with a shovel after the game by head coach Tim Horsmon amidst a standing ovation from the crowd.

Moving Up

Senior Mary Cushman is on the verge of becoming just the fourth player in Maryland history to record 1,300 career kills. The Rochester, N.Y. native currently sits at 1,289 kills for her career and needs just 11 more to reach the milestone.

Cushman is also on the verge of setting a personal mark for single-season kills. She totaled 355 during her sophomore campaign and currently sits at 335 this season.


Sophomore Kelsey Hrebenach tallied 12 blocks (1s, 11a) in the Terps' four-set victory over Virginia, becoming the first Maryland player to accomplish the feat since 2011. The mark is tied for the highest this season in the conference for a four-set match.

Maryland had 31 blocks as a team on the weekend, including 18 against Virginia. The 18 blocks is a season-high for the Terps.

Conference Honors

Freshman Ashlyn MacGregor was named ACC Freshman of the Week for career-best efforts against Virginia and Virginia Tech in October. It is MacGregor's first career conference honor.

The freshman had a memorable weekend at the net, hitting at a .447 clip with 20 kills and 11 blocks over the course of two matches. MacGregor's 12 kills against Virginia Tech were a career-high.

Head Coach Tim Horsmon

Tim Horsmon is in his sixth season in charge of the Maryland volleyball team and earned his 300th career victory against Georgia Tech earlier this season. All three coaches in Maryland volleyball history garner at least 300 career victories.

Climing the Record Books

Career Digs

  1. Sarah Harper - 1,703 (2010-pres.)
  2. Nicole Lantagne - 1,668 (1990-93)
  3. Maggie Schmelzle - 1,597 (2005-08)
  4. Beth Gillming - 1,582 (2004-07)
  5. Colleen Hurley - 1,337 (1989-91)

Career Kills

  1. Carey Brennan - 1,585 (1999-02)
  2. Lynnsy Jones - 1,390 (2000-03)
  3. Jade Brown - 1,388 (2004-07)
  4. Mary Cushman - 1,289 (2010-pres.)
  5. Collen Hurley - 1,238 (1989-91)

Service Aces

  1. Lynnsy Jones - 211 (2000-03)
  2. Andrea Mandella - 169 (1988-91)
  3. Elizabeth Efron - 145 (1995-97)
  4. Beth Gillming - 113 (2004-07)
  5. Sarah Harper - 111 (2010-pres.)

Reaching 1,000

Senior Mary Cushman eclipsed 1,000 career kills against UMKC on September 6, joining an elite club of Maryland volleyball players. The senior outside hitter finished the weekend with 33 kills and earned tournament MVP honors the following weekend. She is one of just eight players in Maryland history to record at least 1,100 kills and 600 digs.

2013 Maryland Record...

Maryland Tendency
Overall Record 13-15
Home 11-4
Away 1-8
Neutral 1-3
ACC Record 5-11
ACC Record at Home 4-3
ACC Record on Road 0-7
2012 NCAA Tournament Teams 1-6
Ranked Teams 0-5
In Three Sets 7-8
In Four Sets 3-4
In Five Sets 3-3
On Tuesday 0-0
On Wednesday 1-0
On Thursday 0-0
On Friday 5-8
On Saturday 5-3
On Sunday 2-4
When Winning Set 1 7-4
When Losing Set 1 4-10
When Winning Set 2 7-0
When Losing Set 2 3-14
When Winning Set 3 12-3
When Losing Set 3 0-10
When Winning Set 4 4-2
When Losing Set 4 1-5
Leading in Kills 9-5
Trailing in Kills 4-9
Tied in Kills 0-1
Leading in Errors 0-10
Trailing in Errors 13-5
Tied in Errors 0-0
Leading in Hitting Pct. 13-1
Trailing in Hitting Pct. 0-14
Tied in Hitting Pct. 0-0
Hitting .300 or better 4-1
Hitting .250-.299 3-1
Hitting .200-.249 4-3
Hitting .150-.199 1-5
Hitting .149 or below 1-7
Opponent Hit .300 or better 0-2
Opponent Hit .250-.299 0-2
Opponent Hit .200-.249 1-3
Opponent Hit .150-.199 3-5
Opponent Hit .149 or below 8-0
Leading in Service Aces 8-4
Trailing in Service Aces 2-7
Tied in Service Aces 3-4
Leading in Digs 8-2
Trailing in Digs 4-13
Tied in Digs 1-0
Leading in Blocks 11-4
Trailing in Blocks 1-9
Tied in Blocks 1-2

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