COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore outside hitter Gia Milana was one of three Terps with double-digit kills, but the Maryland volleyball team fell to Ohio State in four (18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 22-25) on Wednesday evening.
“Credit to Ohio State, they fought really hard and played well,” head coach Steve Aird said. “We had an off night, and I think I didn’t do enough to prepare them for tonight. We have a really young team, and we’ll work to have them ready for Friday.”
Senior middle blocker Hailey Murray and freshman outside Erika Pritchard each had 10 kills against the Buckeyes. Murray led the match with five blocks while sophomore setter Samantha Snyder had three service aces.
After going down 2-0, the Terrapins battled back to win the third set. Maryland overcame a fourth-set deficit, but it wasn’t enough to extend the match.
The Terps struggled in the first set but were able to hit 17 kills in the second. A 5-1 run, including back-to-back Pritchard kills, pulled Maryland within three, 22-19. Samantha Drechsel had an overpass kill but a 3-1 run ended the set.
Ohio State took a 6-1 lead in the third but a strong serving run from Snyder tied at 15-15. A pair of Milana kills put Maryland ahead 22-20. Pritchard tallied the final kill to give the Terps a set win.
The Buckeyes again took the lead in the fourth set before Maryland pulled within one on a Pritchard service ace, 19-18. A kill from Angel Gaskin again put the Terps down one, 22-21, before Ohio State was able to close on a 3-1 run.