Terps Fall to #16 Michigan State

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#23 Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Junior libero Kelsey Wicinski tallied 19 digs but the Maryland volleyball team (12-3, 1-2 B1G) fell to No. 16 Michigan State (10-2, 3-0) in three sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-21) Friday evening.

“Credit to Michigan State, they’re a very experienced team,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Competing on the road is really tough in this conference, and this roster is really young. I need to do a better at prepping the team and getting them ready.”

Freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard led Maryland with nine kills and hit .280. Sophomore outside Gia Milana added eight kills. 

The Terps struggled at the service line, making 11 service errors and just two aces. Michigan State had nine aces in the match.

Milana and Pritchard were able to notch early kills but the Spartans took a 9-3 lead in the first set. Milana posted a solo block in the middle of the set, but Michigan State pushed its lead to 20-10. Abigail Bentz served an ace and Samantha Drechsel had a late kill, but the home team was able to take the first, 25-14. Wicinski had nine digs in the first game.

Murray had a solo block and Jada Gardner combined with Pritchard for another as the Terps took a 6-4 lead early in the second. Maryland hung close with the Spartans before MSU used a 10-1 run to take an 18-10 lead. Angel Gaskin and Pritchard had late kills, but the Spartans took the second, 25-14.

Pritchard had four kills and Maryland hit .265 in the third as Maryland tried to stay in the match. The Terps again stuck close early, but the Spartans worked to a 17-13 lead. With Michigan State at match point, Maryland was able to extend the set four times, including an ace from Angel Gaskin. A Spartan kill ended the match, 25-21.

The Terps return to action at No. 23 Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m.