COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite battling back from a 2-0 deficit, the Maryland volleyball team’s dramatic comeback bid fell short as it fell to Virginia Tech, 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 19-17), at Comcast Pavilion Sunday.
Senior libero Sarah Harper had 20 digs in the effort, becoming just the fourth player in Maryland history to record 1,500 career digs.
“[Sarah Harper] has been the hardest worker that I’ve had in the gym over the last three and a half years and she doesn’t make excuses,” said head coach Tim Horsmon. “She’s earned every one of those digs.”
Mary Cushman led Maryland (10-6, 2-2 ACC) offensively with 19 kills and also tallied 15 digs to record her seventh double-double of the season.
Back-and-forth play in the fifth set made for an exciting end to the match, but Maryland (10-6, 2-2 ACC) could not finish off the Hokies. There were nine ties in the set, as Virginia Tech (14-4, 2-2 ACC) ended up with the upper-hand, 19-17.
Maryland started slow, dropping the first two sets, but came out strong after the 10-minute intermission. The Terrapins established an early advantage in the third set with a 6-1 lead and never looked back. Freshman Ashlyn MacGregor led the offensive effort with five kills in the set. The Terps then won the fourth frame to force the decisive fifth set.
Maryland will have a week to rest before travelling to Florida next weekend. The Terps will face nationally ranked Florida State on October 11 and then Miami October 13.