COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior middle blocker Hailey Murray served a career-high five aces as the Maryland volleyball team (17-12, 6-11 Big Ten) defeated Iowa (17-13, 6-11) in four sets (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 25-18) on Friday evening in the XFINITY Center Pavilion.
“I’m proud of the team for their effort and fight tonight,” head coach Steve Aird said. “It wasn’t our cleanest match, and we have three more regular-season games to work on a lot of things. I’m happy for the team that we got the win, but we’re still looking to improve and tune up.”
Three Terps finished with double-digit kills against the Hawkeyes: sophomore outside Gia Milana (19), freshman outside Erika Pritchard (12) and freshman opposite Samantha Drechsel (11). Murray added nine kills on a .412 clip.
Maryland posted a strong service night, notching 12 total aces. In addition to Murray’s five, Pritchard added four aces.
Murray had four service aces in the first set, including three early on to help Maryland to a 7-3 lead. A Drechsel-Jada Gardner block put the Terrapins up 17-10, and a Murray kill forced an Iowa timeout at 21-12. Maryland reached set point on a Milana kill, and Murray finished the game with an ace, 25-21.
The teams tied 12 times in the second set, but a 6-1 run pushed the Terps ahead, 20-17. Drechsel knocked down a kill and Pritchard had a service ace to get Maryland to set point, 24-19. A Milana-Murray block closed the set, 25-19, and gave Maryland a 2-0 match lead.
With a 7-1 run, the Terps took an 18-14 advantage in the third set. Maryland led 23-19 before a 7-1 run helped the Hawkeyes sneak past and win the set, 26-24.
The teams traded points early before a 7-0 run, including two blocks and a service ace from Samantha Snyder, pushed Maryland to a 14-8 lead. Angel Gaskin posted two late kills, and Pritchard had a service ace to get the Terps to match point, 24-18. Drechsel tallied the final kill of the match, 25-18.
The Terps are back on the court on Saturday at 6 p.m. against No. 5 Nebraska. Due to a men’s basketball game that night, there will be a Clear Bag Policy in effect at the match. Parking around XFINITY will be limited to those with men’s basketball parking permits. Volleyball fans are encourage to park in Lot 1 and take a shuttle to XFINITY.