LINCOLN, Neb. – Freshman opposite Samantha Drechsel posted nine kills on a .333 clip as the Maryland volleyball team (16-11, 5-10 Big Ten) fell to No. 6 Nebraska (21-4, 14-1) in three sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-16) Wednesday evening.
The Huskers were the fourth straight ranked opponent for the Terps and the third straight top-10 opponent Maryland has faced on the road.
Nebraska set the tone from the service line, notching 10 service aces against the Terps.
Nebraska took a quick 10-4 advantage in the first set. Pritchard and Drechsel notched kills before the Huskers had a 5-1 run. Strong serving from Drechsel helped Maryland string together three straight points, but Nebraska used a 5-0 run to end the set, 25-11.
A Pritchard solo block and a Drechsel kill helped Maryland to a 4-2 lead to start the second. A pair of kills from Angel Gaskin helped the Terps increase to 8-5. After back-to-back Drechsel kills, Nebraska went on an 8-0 to go ahead 14-10. Gardner posted an overpass kill to pull within two, 14-12, and she stopped a 4-0 Husker run with another at 20-14. Gardner and Gia Milana combined for a kill at 23-15, but Nebraska closed the set, 25-15.
After the Huskers took another early lead, Pritchard and Gardner combined for a pair of blocks at 9-4. Kills from Milana and Drechsel put Maryland within four, 14-10, but the Huskers increased their lead to 20-12. With Nebraska at match point, the Terps posted three straight points, including kills from Hailey Murray and Gaskin, to extend the set, but Huskers finished it, 25-16.
The Terps compete in their final regular season road match on Saturday at No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m.