ELON, N.C. – Sophomore Carlotta Oggioni tallied a career-high 44 assists and 17 digs and senior Ashleigh Crutcher posted 18 kills to lead the Maryland volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20) victory over Elon on opening night at the Phoenix Classic Friday. The win marked head coach Steve Aird’s first career coaching victory.
Adreené Elliott notched 16 kills and senior Kaitlyn King had a career-high 16 digs in the victory, while Samantha Higginbothem (six digs) and Hailey Murray (three blocks) made their collegiate debuts.
Maryland jumped out to a 16-11 lead in its first set of the season, before Elon battled back to score six of the next seven points to tie the score at 17. The teams battled back-and-forth to a 23-point tie, until the Terps scored consecutive points to take the set, 25-23. Elliott and Crutcher each tallied five kills in the set, while Oggioni posted 15 assists and eight digs.
The Phoenix promptly answered in the second set, however, holding the Terps to just 10 kills on 32 attempts to take the frame, 25-16. Elon methodically extended its lead throughout the set to square the match, 1-1.
The Terps quickly regrouped between sets and used a 9-1 run midway through the third frame to jump out to an 18-9 lead. Elon attempted to come back, but Crutcher shut the door to give Maryland the 25-14 set victory.
The combination of Crutcher (six kills), Elliott (five kills) and Ashlyn MacGregor (four kills) opened up the throttle to combine for 15 kills in the fourth set as Maryland sealed the set and match, 25-20.
The Terps return to action for a doubleheader tomorrow against Liberty (10 a.m.) and San Jose State (4:30 p.m.).