BLACKSBURG, Va. – Mary Cushman and Emily Fraik combined for 18 kills and 20 digs as the Maryland volleyball team fell to Virginia Tech, 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-10), Friday night in Blacksburg, Va.
The Terrapins close out regular season play tomorrow night at 6:00 pm as they take on Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. The match marks the program’s final match as a member of the ACC.
Maryland cruised out of the gates when it tallied a 6-0 run to take a commanding 11-4 lead in the opening set. The Hokies made three errors in the run to propel the Terps. Virginia Tech fought off four consecutive match points before Maryland took the set, 25-20, after a ball handling error by Allison Munter.
Virginia Tech responded with fury in the second frame, however, as it jumped out to an 8-2 advantage after an Adreene Elliott attack error. Kelsey Hrebenach brought the Terps within two points, 12-10, but the Hokies pulled away for the 25-18 set victory.
The sides battled back-and-forth after the intermission break until the Hokies put together a 9-1 run to take an 18-8 lead. The Terps did well to cut the deficit in half on a Fraik kill, though Virginia Tech rebounded with five out of the last six points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Hokies were incredible offensively in the fourth frame, posting a .520 hitting percentage with 14 kills. The Terps fell behind in the set, 7-1, and never recovered as it dropped the set, 25-10.
Maryland fell below its season average with just six blocks, as Virginia Tech had a .280 hitting percentage for the match.