COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Erika Pritchard led the Terps with 10 kills as the Maryland volleyball team (14-7, 3-6 B1G) fell to No. 9 Wisconsin (14-4, 5-4) in three sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-19) on Wednesday evening in the XFINITY Center Pavilion.
“I think we made too many errors against a good team tonight,” head coach Steve Aird said. “We have a lot of young kids on the court, and we have to work on limiting our mistakes. There’s no off nights in the Big Ten, so we have to be ready to go against another top-10 program this weekend.”
Senior middle blocker Hailey Murray led Maryland with four blocks. Freshmen Samantha Burgio and Samantha Drechsel tied for the team lead with nine digs each. Burgio made her third appearance at libero. Drechsel made her first appearance at outside hitter while Pritchard slotted into the lineup on the right side.
Wisconsin began the match ahead 8-3 before a Murray-Gia Milana block helped Maryland pull within four, 11-7. A 5-1 Badger run put the visiting team ahead 19-11. Milana had a service ace and Pritchard knocked down a pair of late kills, but Wisconsin finished the set on a 3-1 run, 25-16.
After another early lead for the Badgers, Maryland went off on a 5-0 run, including two aces from Samantha Snyder, to take an 11-9 lead. The teams traded points before three straight gave Wisconsin a 19-15 advantage. Gia Milana had two kills and Angel Gaskin and Murray combined for a stuff as Maryland stayed within one, 20-19. A 5-1 run closed the set for the Badgers.
Murray had two early kills as the teams tied 8-8 to start the third. Wisconsin stifled Maryland’s momentum as the Badgers used a 9-2 run to go up 17-10. Pritchard had three kills to the second half of the game but Wisconsin was able to close the set, 25-19
The Terps host No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Maryland fell to the Spartans in three sets earlier this season. The teams will compete on the XFINITY Center main court before the Maryland basketball programs host Maryland Madness. Admission is free on Saturday.