COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball team swept Indiana on Senior Day to complete the 2016 season on Friday. The Terps (12-20, 4-16 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (17-15, 6-13) by set scores of 25-16, 25-20, 25-21.
“I’m happy we were able to send the seniors out with a win,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Our three seniors are very different, but they’ve been integral members of the team. Credit to Indiana, they’re a good team. I think we practiced well going into the match and executed well.”
“The record won’t show the fact that we continue to improve,” Aird added. “This season was about getting our younger players experience and growing on the court. I think we learned a lot of lessons and we’re already excited for next year.”
Sophomore opposite Angel Gaskin led the match with 12 kills while hitting at a .423 clip. Freshman setter Taylor Smith (34 assists, 10 digs) and freshman outside hitter Gia Milana (10 kills, 11 digs) both recorded double-doubles.
The Terps hit at a .444 clip to control the first set. Indiana started with an early lead, but an 8-1 run, led by three MacGregor blocks, put Maryland ahead, 14-9. Smith and Milana each posted a pair of kills as the Terrapins increased their lead to 18-13. Maryland reached set point on a Smith-Murray block, and a Murray kill sealed the game, 25-16.
The teams played closely to start the second set before three Terp kills and a MacGregor solo block put Maryland ahead, 12-9. The Hoosiers pulled within three, but a 4-0 run put the Terps up, 19-12. Gaskin knocked down a kill to put Maryland at set point, 24-20, and Murray closed the set again with a kill.
Maryland and Indiana again played closely to start the third set. A Milana service ace put the Terps ahead, 6-5, and Gaskin notched a pair of kills as the Terps took an 11-9 lead. Back-to-back Milana kills forced an Indiana timeout at 13-10. Twilley posted a solo block to put the Terps up, 17-12. Indiana worked back to pull within three, 20-17, but two Milana kills helped Maryland keep the lead. Smith and Murray combined for a block to reach match point, 24-20, and a Hoosier attack error closed the game, 25-21.
MacGregor finishes her Maryland career ranked in the top-10 of five Maryland blocking categories, including 7th and 8th in single-season block assists (141 in 2013, 140 in 2016), third in both career block assists (463) and total blocks (516) and 10th in solo blocks (51). Craigo ranks 10th in career assists with 1,513.