COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Mary Cushman and sophomore Emily Fraik teamed up to record a pair of double-doubles as the Maryland volleyball team earned an exhilarating five-set victory (25-20, 18-25, 25-19, 19-25, 16-14) over Georgia Tech Friday night in Comcast Pavilion. Maryland head coach Tim Horsmon earned his 300th career win, and the Terps won their sixth consecutive ACC opener dating back to 2008.
Trailing 11-8 in the fifth set, the Terrapins responded to a Horsmon timeout with vigor as they rattled off three consecutive points to square the match at 11 apiece. After taking the lead, 13-12, on a clutch ace by Kelsey Hrebenach, Maryland (9-4, 1-0 ACC) closed out the match on a Cushman kill and an attack error by Georgia Tech’s Jennifer Percy.
“I thought our kids played really hard and battled,” Horsmon said. “Our kids never gave up and that showed a lot of character from them.”
Fraik stepped up in a big way for the Terps, notching a career-high 16 kills in addition to 12 digs. Cushman, who was honored prior to the game for earning her 1,000th career kill, posted 17 kills and 15 digs to earn her fifth double-double of the season. Julia Anderson and Amy Dion combined for 48 assists, while Sarah Harper had 20 digs.
“I thought offensive [Emily Fraik] really stepped up today,” Horsmon said. “I thought she was great giving us some balance from that left side position and we don’t win the match without her playing offensively the way she did tonight.”
Maryland set the tone early in the match, holding Georgia Tech (6-7, 0-1 ACC) to a meager .116 hitting percentage in the opening frame to earn the set win, 25-20. The Yellow Jackets squared the game at one, however, as Chanel Clark-Bibbs fired three kills on three attempts.
The Terps regained their advantage with an excellent .438 hitting percentage in the third set, but Georgia Tech forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-19 fourth set victory.
Maryland will enjoy a one-day break before returning to action Sunday in Comcast Pavilion against Clemson. Please join the Terrapins as they celebrate Alumni Day.