WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshmen Gia Milana and Taylor Smith each posted double-doubles as the Maryland volleyball team pushed Purdue to four sets on Wednesday evening. The Terps (10-15, 2-11 Big Ten) fell to the Boilermakers (14-9, 4-8) by set scores of 23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 26-28.
“Credit to Purdue on finding a way to win in the fourth,” head coach Steve Aird said. “I was disappointed in our compete level after game two. The response in the third and fourth sets was better, but that needs to be out standard. We have to learn how to win the road.”
Milana led the match with 23 kills while posting 10 digs. Smith notched 42 assists and 11 digs.
Sophomore libero Kelsey Wicinski notched a team-high 16 digs.
The Boilermakers received votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. All but three of Maryland’s Big Ten matches have been against teams ranked or receiving votes in the poll.
Milana led Maryland with seven kills in the first set as the Terps nearly took the game. The teams tied 18 times in the first set. She notched two on a 4-0 Maryland run as the Terrapins took a 6-4 lead. An Ashlyn MacGregor-Gaskin block gave the Terps an 11-10 lead, and MacGregor served an ace to force a Purdue timeout at 19-18. Milana posted two late kills, but the Boilers used a 4-1 run to take the set, 25-23.
The teams began the second set closely matched, and a Smith kill pulled the Terps within one, 8-7. Following a Purdue timeout with Maryland ahead 12-11, the Boilers used an 8-1 run to take a 19-13 lead. Milana notched a kill, and Murray tallied a late solo block for the Terps as Purdue was able to close the set, 25-15.
Maryland came out of the break fighting, using a .556 hitting percentage to take the set. The Terps took a 5-2 lead off a strong serving run from Nell Drummey. Purdue called timeout following a Liz Twilley kill with the Terps ahead, 9-5. Three straight kills from the Terrapins put them ahead 16-9. Smith served an ace and Milana and MacGregor posted kills as Maryland reached set point, 24-16. A Murray-Gaskin block finished the set, 25-16.
The teams traded points to start the fourth set before Boiler errors and kills from Milana and Murray gave Maryland a 10-5 lead. The Terps continued to lead, taking a 16-13 lead off a Gaskin kill. The Boilermakers began pressing, and Maryland called timeout leading by one, 20-19. The teams began to trade points again, and a Milana kill put the Terps at set point 24-23. Purdue extended the set and tied it, 25-25, on a Maryland service error. The Terps again reached set point, 25-24, before the Boilermakers came back to tie it again. Purdue reached match point twice, and was able to seal the match win with a 28-26 set victory.”
The Terps and Boilermakers will face off again in College Park, Md., on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Maryland returns home to host No. 2 Minnesota on Sunday at 4 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.