COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior middle blocker Hailey Murray was named tournament MVP as the Maryland volleyball team (3-0) earned two wins Saturday to win the Maryland Invite.
The Terrapins defeated Northeastern in four sets (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14) in the morning before gutting out a five-set win (25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11) in the evening.
In addition to Murray, redshirt freshman middle blocker Katie Myers and freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard were also named to the all-tournament team. In three matches, Murray notched 1.77 kills per set on a .513 hitting percentage while adding 1.08 blocks per set. Myers also had 1.08 blocks per set while adding 2.00 kills per set on a .345 clip and 0.31 service aces per set. Pritchard led Maryland with 2.85 kills per set in the opening weekend and notched 0.38 aces per set and 1.62 digs per set.
The Terps hit the road for the first time this season to compete in the Liberty Invitational next weekend in Lynchburg, Va., against Liberty, Elon and Furman.
MATCH 1: Maryland 3, Northeastern 1
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Katie Myers posted her first career double-double (10 kills, 10 blocks) as Maryland came from down one to beat Northeastern in four sets (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14) Saturday afternoon.
Both the kills and blocks were also career highs for Myers, who hit at a .588 clip. She also served two aces.
The Terps posted 15.5 total blocks compared to Northeastern’s four. In addition to Myers' 10, Gaskin notched seven while freshman opposite Samantha Drechsel added four.
Three early Gaskin kills gave Maryland an early 4-3 lead to start the match, but the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. The teams tied three times through the middle of the set, but a series of Maryland errors let Northwestern take a 21-18 lead. The Huskies held on to win the set, 25-21.
The Terps recovered to hit .296 in the second set, led by four kills on a .800 clip from Myers. After going down 12-8 early, a strong serving run from Myers led Maryland to a 14-12 lead. She combined with Gaskin for two late blocks, and Samantha Burgio served an ace to put the Terps at set point, 24-17. Milana knocked down the set-winning kill.
Maryland hit at a .429 clip, and Gaskin and Myers combined for four blocks as the Terrapins took a 2-1 match lead with a 25-18 set win. Myers served back-to-back aces to end the set.
Six different Terps notched kills in the fourth set as Maryland continued its strong hitting streak with a .400 percentage. Three early blocks, including two assists from Murray, helped the Terrapins work out to a 10-4 lead. Drechsel posted two kills and two blocks as Maryland increased its advantage to 17-7. Murray put the Terps at match point, 24-10, but the Huskies extended the match four times. Another Murray kill ended the match, 25-14.
Pritchard notched 16 kills while adding three aces. Sophomore outside hitter Gia Milana and freshman opposite Samantha Drechsel each notched 15. The trio all posted hitting percentages of .250 or higher.
Milana had her first double-double of the season as she added 10 digs. Junior libero Kelsey Wicinski led the match with 21 digs.
The teams tied eight times to start the match before a pair of kills from Katie Myers and Lexi Alden helped Maryland go ahead 16-12. Samantha Snyder served a late ace and a Pritchard kill put the Terps at set point. Angel Gaskin finished the set with a kill, 25-17.
The Owls worked to an early lead in the second set, getting to 14-11. Late Maryland errors put Temple ahead 23-17. After the Owls reached set point, the Terps extended the set three times before Temple took the win, 25-22.
After notching just two kills in the first two sets, Milana broke out for five kills on a .385 clip in the third. A Milana-Murray block put the Terps up 8-4. Drechsel notched three kills in four points and the Terps went up 16-11. The Owls climbed back to tie the set, 20-20, but Milana put Maryland at set point, 24-22. She also slammed down the set-winning kill at 25-23 as the Terrapins took a 2-1 match lead.
Seven blocks from Temple helped the Owls take set four, 25-21. The Terps went down early, 11-7, before getting back to tie it, 15-15. After staying within one point for most of the rest of the set, two late blocks put Temple ahead, 22-20. The Owls had three of the next four points to win the set, 25-21, and tie the match again.
Milana and Drechsel each made four kills in the fifth set to give Maryland a 15-11 win. The Terps took a 3-0 lead before going down 6-3 in set five. Milana tallied back-to-back kills to help Maryland tie the set, and a Drechsel slam gave Maryland a 9-7 advantage. Drechsel notched three of four points before a Pritchard kill put the Terps at match point. Pritchard finished the game with a kill.