Nov. 25, 2005
RALEIGH, NC - Jade Brown led the University of Maryland women's volleyball team today in a 3-1 (32-30, 30-22, 30-22, 30-21) victory over North Carolina State in Reynolds Gym in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Terps improve to 27-3 (18-3 ACC) to stay in first place in the league while N.C. State drops to 7-22, (1-20 ACC).
Maryland's final match of the season will be against the University of North Carolina tomorrow at 1:00 p.m..
Brown had her season-high of 21 kills in addition to her five kills to help the Terps to a .317 hitting percentage for the match. The Terrapins had four players in double-digit kills including Rachel Wagener (17), Maggie Schmelzle (15) and Stephanie Smith (12). Schmelzle had her 16th double-double (15 kills, 17 digs) of the season in the match.
In the first game, the Terps built a 6-3 lead on a kill from Rachel Wagener on a set by Tedi Doucet. The Terrapins increased their lead to 9-5 on a block by Brown and Wagener. The Wolfpack was aggressive on blocking and came within one after a block to bring the score to 11-10. N.C. State went on a six point run and were up 15-18 when Wagener had a kill to try and turn the game around. Maryland evened the score at 19, with three more ties occurring late in the game, and the Terps were ahead 27-25 when Schmelzle had a kill. N.C. State tied the score at 27-27 after a violation by Maryland and a kill Casey Wyatt. Maryland delayed two game points, but N.C. State won on an attack error from Maryland, 30-32.
The Terps rebounded and hit .284 in the second game while N.C. State hit .220. Maryland went up 6-5 on a service ace by Tedi Doucet. At 12-12, Wagener had a kill on a set by Schmezle and the Terps did not lose the lead after that. Maryland extended the point margin to 17-12 on an error by N.C. State. The Terps went on a five-point run on Doucet's serve to go up 24-18, eventually winning the game on a kill by Brown, 30-22.
The teams traded ties at the start of the third game, when Maryland went up 10-9 on a key save by Teryn Papp to force a N.C. State error. The Terps then went on two six-point runs on Schmelzle's serve. First to go up 17-10, then in the final stretch of the second game to go up 29-21. Maryland had two game points before Wagener had a kill to win it 30-22.
In the fourth game Maryland built a 5-2 lead on a key block by Stephanie Smith and Mary Beth Brown. The Wolfpack fought back, bringing the game within one point at 6-5 on a kill by Stefani Eddins who had 10 kills on the day. The teams alternated points with N.C. State tying the game at 14 on an error by Maryland. The Wolfpack briefly held the lead at 15-16 on a block to go up 15-16, but the Terps resolve was evident as they went on an eight point-run to go up 28-20, winning it 30-21 on a kill by Beth Gillming.
A win against North Carolina on Saturday guarantees an automatic berth for the Terrapins into the NCAA Tournament. Maryland's game against North Carolina on Saturday at 1:00 can be followed on Game Tracker.