Series vs. Maryland: Ohio State leads, 9-3
Last Time Out: Sept. 20, 2017 (Ohio State, 3-0)
Series vs. Maryland: Tied, 3-3
Last Time Out: Oct. 14, 2017 (Maryland, 3-2)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team hosts Ohio State and Northwestern in the Terps' final two regular season games this week in the XFINITY Center Pavilion. Maryland faces the Buckeyes on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m.
Parking will be available in lots 9b and 4b without a permit for both matches. Fans can purchase two tickets for $15 online and receive a $15 concessions voucher for the match against Ohio State. For Friday, fans can boy one, get one tickets. For the Northwestern match, fans are encouraged to bring canned foods for AJ Francis' Canned Food Drive.
The Terps will honor seniors Samantha Higginbothem and Hailey Murray before their match against Northwestern. Higginbothem has played in nearly every match at defensive specialist, including 19 starts. Murray has started every match in her four-season career at middle blocker and ranks sixth all-time in block assists (351) and ninth in total blocks (396). Both Higginbothem and Murray are two-time Academic All-Big Ten selections.
Maryland went 1-1 last weekend, earning a 3-1 win over Iowa before falling to No. 5 Nebraska in three sets. Sophomore outside Gia Milana tallied 19 kills against the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State fell to Nebraska and Iowa last week. Luisa Schirmer leads the Buckeyes with 3.22 kills per set. The Terps fell at Ohio State earlier this season.
Northwestern fell to No. 7 Minnesota and No. 12 Wisconsin last week. Symone Abbott paces the Wildcats with 4.02 kills per set while Nia Robinson is averaging 3.56. The Terps defeated Northwestern in five sets in Chicago.
Maryland announced the signing of 6-foot-3 middle blocker Rainelle Jones to the 2018 roster. The No. 32 recruit in her class, Jones has two years of experience with the U.S. National Team development program.
Maryland has already hit numerous program milestones in 2017. The Terps have upset two top-25 teams, earning the program's first-ever wins over Southern California and Purdue. The Terrapins began the season with 10 straight wins, the best start to a season for the program since 2005. Head coach Steve Aird has led Maryland to 17 wins so far this year, the most for him as the head of a program.