Terrapins Fall to #19 Ohio State

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#19 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior middle blocker Hailey Murray led the Terps with nine kills but the Maryland volleyball team fell to No. 19 Ohio State in straight sets on Friday evening in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) defeated the Terrapins (10-14, 2-10) by set scores of 25-19, 25-16, 25-16.

“Ohio State was excellent tonight, and we didn’t have many answers,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Full credit to them as they played well. We have to move on quickly and focus on an excellent Purdue team on the road.”

Junior libero Kelsey Wicinski notched 10 digs while freshman setter Taylor Smith made 20 assists. Senior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor assisted on three of the Terrapins’ five blocks.

The Terps performed well at the service line, posting four aces with three errors while the Buckeyes notched just one ace with eight errors.

Maryland and Ohio State split their series this season as the Terrapins defeated the Buckeyes in five sets on Wednesday.

Murray and MacGregor tallied kills for the Terps, but the Buckeyes used a 4-0 to push ahead 9-3 in the first set. Murray notched two more but Ohio State worked out to a 16-9 advantage. The Terps used a 4-0 run, including two service aces from Megan McTigue, to pull within four, 18-14. Late in the set, Murray posted a kill before combining with Smith on a block, the Buckeyes were able to win the set, 25-19.

The teams played closely to being the second set, and a block from Gia Milana and MacGregor gave Maryland a 7-6 lead. Murray posted a kill as the Terps went ahead 11-9, but a 6-0 Buckeye run gave the home team a 14-11 lead. Murray, Milana and MacGregor notched kills, but Ohio State pulled ahead, 19-14. Liz Twilley and MacGregor combined for a block at 23-16, but the Buckeyes notched two straight points to take the second set.

The Terps and Buckeyes traded six straight kills to start the third set, including two from Milana. After an Angel Gaskin kill, a 4-0 OSU run put the Buckeyes ahead 10-5. Abigail Bentz served an ace as the Terps pulled within four, 11-7. Maryland notched points off Ohio State errors, but the Buckeyes took a 19-11 lead. Twilley and Murray tallied kills late in the set as Ohio State was able to close the match with a 25-16 game win.

The Terps are back in action on Wednesday at Purdue. The teams will face off on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m.