CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Despite notching a formidable .247 hitting percentage, the Maryland volleyball team was ousted in three sets (25-22, 25-16, 25-20) by Miami Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables, Fla. It was the fifth-highest hitting percentage in any match for the Terps this season.
Much of the Terrapins’ hitting proficiency was due to the career day of junior Adreene Elliott, who posted a personal high .636 hitting percentage (15k, 1e, 22a). Freshman Ashlyn MacGregor chipped in with six blocks on the defensive end.
Miami (13-3, 6-0 ACC) was even better offensively, however, as five different players tallied nine kills for a collective team hitting percentage of .333.
The Hurricanes wasted no time opening the match as they jumped out to an early 7-1 advantage in the first set. Maryland (10-8, 2-4 ACC) battled back and tied the game, 13-13, after a pair of kills by Emily Fraik and Mary Cushman, but Miami fought off the Terps’ rally and closed the set, 25-22.
The ‘Canes were lethal offensively in the second set, tallying a .467 hitting percentage with 17 kills on 30 attempts and only three errors. Maryland had no answer for Miami’s strong hitting, and dropped the second frame, 25-16.
Poised to extend the match, Maryland fought hard in the third set and took a 5-4 lead early on a Cushman kill. A number of errors hurt the Terps good fortunes, however, as Miami claimed the match victory, 25-20.
Maryland returns to Comcast Pavilion Friday as it welcomes ACC newcomer Syracuse at 7:00 p.m.