WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Mary Cushman had a match-high 16 kills and junior Ashleigh Crutcher added 15 kills to lead the Maryland volleyball team to a 3-0 win over George Washington in its opening match of the GW/Nike Invitational Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.
While Cushman and Crutcher and led the attack, freshman Julia Anderson dished out 22 assists in her collegiate debut to pace the Terrapin attack. Junior Adreené Elliott had six kills, while sophomore Emily Fraik had five.
Defensively, Elliott, junior Catie Coyle and freshman Ashlyn MacGregor each had four assisted blocks as the Terps held the Colonials to a .105 hitting percentage. Senior Sarah Harper anchored the back line with 19 digs.
The Colonials (0-1) led for most of the first set, but Maryland stayed within striking distance and edged out George Washington, 29-27. After the Colonials earned a 14-11 lead, their largest of the opening frame, the Terps rattled off the next three points to tie the set.
The Terps (1-0) would tie the set two more times at 20 and at 21, but were unable to take the lead. Facing set point at 24-22, a GW error and consecutive aces by sophomore Dani Bozzini swung the momentum and gave set point to the Terps.
Maryland was unable to close it out as the Colonials fought off two straight set points before Crutcher delivered a kill to tie the set at 27. The Terps took the set on the back of a George Washington error and a Crutcher ace.
The second set was another nip-and-tuck affair as neither team led by more than three points before the Terps broke a 19-19 deadlock by scoring six of the final eight points to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
With the Terps leading 20-19, a block by Coyle and Elliott and a kill from Cushman forced a Colonial timeout. The break did not slow Maryland’s momentum as Crutcher scored an ace and Coyle and Elliott added another joint block to put the Terps up 24-19.
George Washington cut the deficit to three, but Elliott ended the run and put the Terps up 2-0 with a kill.
The third set started similarly to the previous two sets with the frame knotted at four after the first eight points. But the Terps scored 10 of the next 13 points to grab a commanding 14-7 lead.
A block by Elliott and MacGregor pushed the lead to 10 and forced a Colonial timeout. Maryland did not allow the George Washington to get closer than six points as it cruised to a 25-18 win.