1996 Maryland Women's Volleyball Season Review

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 1996 season was one of many firsts and records for the Maryland Women's Volleyball squad. September 20 was an important match for the Terrapins as they started their history making run. On that day the Terps defeated Virginia, 3-0. It may have seemed like no big deal at the time, but on November 16 it became a big deal as the Terrapins clinched a 16-0, undefeated regular season record with their 3-0 win over North Carolina. Their 16-0 record was not only a Maryland first, but an ACC first as well. The previous record was 14 straight wins by Duke in 1993, however Wake Forest did not sponsor a volleyball team at the time, thereby giving the Terps the two match advantage.

After the perfect regular season, the Terps turned their attention towards the postseason, starting with the ACC Tournament in Atlanta on November 22. The Terps took care business there as well, dropping N.C. State in the first match, 3-0, then beat North Carolina in the second round, 3-1.

Next up for the Terps was the Championship match against Georgia Tech. Even though the Terps were considered the home team based on their higher seed, they definitely did not have the home court advantage with Georgia Tech hosting the tourney. However, the Terps would respond and dominate just as they had all year in the ACC, by defeating the Yellowjackets, 3-0. Senior right-side hitter was named MVP of the tournament, while Daune Koester and Eden Kroeger were selected to the All-Tournament team.

Maryland would go on to receive an automatic bid and first round bye to the NCAA Tournament, setting up a second round match-up with Louisville, at Louisville. The Terps would win the first game of the match, 15-9, and looked as if they would roll to another win. However, Louisville responded to win the next game, 16-14, swinging the momentum of the match the Cardinal's way. The Cardinals went on to win the match, 3-1, and ending the Terrapins' record setting season.

Maryland finished the season with an overall record of 26-5 and an ACC record of 16-0. Daune Koester was selected as the 1996 ACC Player of the Year, while Elizabeth Efron and Eden Kroeger were First-Team All ACC selections.