Maryland Takes Down Rutgers in Three Sets

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball team served 13 aces as the Terps swept Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in the XFINITY Center Pavilion. The Terrapins (11-17, 3-13 Big Ten) defeated the Scarlet Knights (4-25, 0-16) by set scores of 25-16, 27-25, 25-21.

“I’m proud of the team for finding a way to close each game and get the win,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Rutgers came in and fought hard today. We’re still young and growing as a team, but I think we’re learning with each match.”

Senior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor, freshman setter Taylor Smith and freshman outside hitter Gia Milana each tallied three service aces against Rutgers.

Sophomore outside hitter Liz Twilley tied for the match lead with 12 kills while hitting at a .333 clip while Milana notched 11 kills.

MacGregor posted four blocks in the win and now has 502 total blocks in her career. She is just the third player in program history to reach the 500-block milestone.

The Terps hit at a .520 clip with just one error in the first set. MacGregor served an ace to put Maryland ahead, 4-2, and Hailey Murray tallied back-to-back kills as the Terrapins led 7-4. Twilley and Milana each notched a pair of kills and Rutgers called timeout with Maryland ahead, 14-11. Following a 3-0 run from the Scarlet Knights, the Terps called a timeout leading 19-16. Maryland scored the next six points out of the break, including three kills from Twilley and two aces from Smith, to win the set, 25-16.

Rutgers looked to tie the match in the second set, leading for most of the game. MacGregor tallied a kill and an ace early, and Twilley slammed two kills before a Samantha Higginbothem ace pulled Maryland within two, 13-11. The Terps worked to tie the set, and a Milana ace forced a Rutgers timeout with Maryland leading 19-18. The Scarlet Knights retook the lead at 23-22, but a Twilley kill and a Rutgers attack error put Maryland at set point, 24-23. The visitors took the lead and reached set point at 25-24. Angel Gaskin posted a kill and another Rutgers error gave Maryland a 27-25 game win.

The Terps tallied five blocks in the third set, including four from MacGregor, to complete the sweep. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead before a pair of Maryland blocks took the lead for the home team, 10-9. Milana served back-to-back aces to push the Terps’ lead to 15-13. Rutgers came back to tie the set, 18-18, but Maryland tallied the next four points to take a 22-18 advantage. Twilley and Gaskin posted late kills, and Milana sealed the win with a kill at 25-21.

The Terps are back on the road for their final away weekend of the season. Maryland competes at Illinois on Friday before traveling to Illinois on Saturday.