Oct. 19, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher totaled a match-high 15 kills, but it was not enough as the Maryland volleyball team fell in four sets (27-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17) to North Carolina at Carmichael Arena Friday night.
Sophomore Adreené Elliott knocked down 10 kills and totaled seven blocks to help the Terps. Freshman Mackenzie Dagostino tallied her ninth double-double of the season with 34 assists and 14 digs. Junior Sarah Harper turned in a strong defensive effort with 20 digs.
The Terps outhit the Tar Heels in the opening set. Led by freshman Emily Fraik's five kills, the Terps knocked down 19 kills to the Tar Heels 15 and converted 26.7 percent of their attack opportunities compared to UNC's .217 hitting percentage.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 5-1 lead and increased it to 20-14 before the Terps began to mount a comeback. Fraik sparked a four-point spurt with a kill and scored another off a block following a Tar Heel error. At 20-17, Fraik combined with Elliott on a block to trim the Tar Heel lead to two points.
After North Carolina stretched its lead to 22-20, Crutcher added a kill which was followed by a service ace from Dagostino and a kill from Fraik to give Maryland its first lead of the set.
Fraik scored off a block to fend off a Tar Heel set point. Crutcher followed with a kill to give the Terps set point, but the Tar Heels rallied and scored the next three points to win the set.
The Terps finished with a .300 hitting percentage and held North Carolina to a .024 hitting percentage in the second set behind five blocks - four from Elliott.
The Terps broke open a tight set at 15-15 with four consecutive points behind kills from Crutcher, Elliott and a block. After North Carolina came back to tie the set at 19-19, Maryland responded with a run of its own to earn a 22-19 lead punctuated by a kill from Fraik.
Elliott tallied a kill to give the Terps set point and Crutcher knocked one down the line to win the set and tie the match at one apiece.
Crutcher and McBain combined for eight kills in the third set and freshman Dani Bozzini had seven of her career-high 14 digs during the frame.
After sophomore Catie Coyle tied the set at one, the Tar Heels gained a 2-1 advantage they would not relinquish. North Carolina pushed its lead to 13-5 and did not allow Maryland closer than five points for the remainder of the set on its way to a 25-19 victory.
The Tar Heels carried the momentum into the fourth set and earned an 11-6 advantage. Led by their defense, the Terps scored six of the next seven points to tie the set at 12. During the run, Coyle and senior Remy McBain combined on two blocks, and Crutcher and Elliott combined to tie the set.
With the set tied, the Tar Heels gradually pulled away from the Terps and earned a 22-16 lead. North Carolina went on to win 25-17.Maryland wraps up its road trip tomorrow night in Raleigh against NC State. First serve is set for 5 p.m.