COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball team was within striking distance in each set against 15th-ranked Duke Friday night at Comcast Pavilion, but the Blue Devils prevailed each time to defeat the Terps, 3-0.
Adreené Elliott led the Terps (12-13, 4-9 ACC) with 10 kills and added two assisted blocks. Mary Cushman totaled nine kills and a team-best 11 digs. Sarah Harper, who continues to take aim at Maryland’s all-time digs record, finished with 10, while Amy Dion had 17 assists.
The Terps started fast scoring six of the first seven points in the opening set, but the Blue Devils (21-3, 12-1 ACC) responded with a 9-2 run to take the lead. The two teams stayed within a point of each other until Duke broke a 17-17 tie with three consecutive points.
Ashleigh Crutcher brought the Terps back with four consecutive points including three straight aces to put the Terps in front. But the Terps could not hold off the Blue Devils, as Duke took the first set, 27-25.
The second set was tight early before the Blue Devils broke a 9-9 tie by scoring seven of the next nine points. The Terps would eventually tie the set at 18, but Duke closed with a 7-1 run.
The third and final set played out similarly to the second set with the Terps and Blue Devils trading points early and Duke pulling away midway through the set. With the set tied 9-9, Duke scored nine of the next 12 points to take a commanding lead.
The Terps closed within two at 21-19, but would not get closer than two as the Blue Devils won the third set, 25-20.
Maryland is back in action on Sunday as it plays host to Wake Forest at 2 p.m. at Comcast Pavilion.