COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore outside hitter Gia Milana led the Terps with 14 kills as the Maryland volleyball team (15-8, 4-7 B1G) defeated Indiana (12-11, 1-10) in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20) on Friday evening.
“I thought Indiana played really hard. I thought we served tough and they passed great,” head coach Steve Aird said. “I’m obviously thrilled with the win. We did some nice things at times, but kind of struggled with consistency in the third. We have another tough test on Sunday and we’ll be ready for Purdue.”
Milana paced Maryland with five kills in the first set. After Indiana took an early lead, Samantha Drechsel had a pair of assists and a service ace to give Maryland a 7-6 lead. A strong serving run from Samantha Snyder go on a 5-0 run to take a 17-10 lead. Gardner notched two late kills and Pritchard knocked down the game-winning kill, 25-19.
The Terrapins held a close lead in the second set before a 5-0 run, including back-to-back blocks from Gaskin and Gardner, pushed Maryland ahead 19-13. Pritchard posted two late kills and Milana had Maryland’s final two kills to win the second, 25-21.
Maryland struggled in the third set as the Hoosiers took a quick 6-2 advantage. Indiana increased its lead to 14-7. The Terps strung together three straight points, and Maryland had two late blocks. A Terrapin attack error closed the set for Indiana, 25-19.
A Milana-Gardner block put Maryland up 8-5 in the fourth. The Terps maintained the lead at 16-13, and Murray had a pair of kills to get Maryland to 22-18. Two Indiana errors helped the Terps close the set, 25-20.
The Terrapins have reached 15 wins for the season, which matches Aird’s most wins in a season as a head coach.
Maryland returns to the Pavilion to host No. 17 Purdue (17-5, 7-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Boilermakers swept Ohio State on Friday.