COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Ashleigh Crutcher had a season-high 24 kills and senior Sarah Harper tallied 21 digs to propel the Maryland volleyball team to a 3-1 victory (23-25, 26-24, 25-15, 26-24) over Pittsburgh Wednesday night in Comcast Pavilion.
Trailing 1-0 after dropping the first set, Harper sent the Terrapin faithful into a frenzy as she sprawled all over the court for five digs on a single point. The effort gave Maryland (12-11, 4-7 ACC) a 12-9 advantage in the second set and pushed momentum in the Terps’ favor for the remainder of the match.
“Sarah Harper is one of those kids that I need on the court to will us to win and I thought she did that tonight,” said head coach Tim Horsmon. “She dug a lot of balls, her demeanor was great, she served some great points and those are the plays you need your seniors to make.”
Crutcher showed why she was an honorable mention AVCA All-America selection a season ago, as she tallied 24 of Maryland’s 48 kills in addition to notching 10 digs. The junior hitter had nine kills in the second set and hit at a .467 clip for the match.
After squaring the match with a 26-24 victory in set two, the Terps returned from the intermission with an emphatic 25-15 third set win. Maryland hit .500 in the frame, led by seven assists from sophomore Amy Dion.
The fourth set proved to be a game of runs as the Terps jumped out to a 6-2 advantage, but Pittsburgh (12-12, 4-7 ACC) battled back to take a 14-10 lead. The sides battled back-and-forth to 24 apiece, before Crutcher fittingly crushed two kills to secure the victory for Maryland.
Monica Wignot led the Panthers with 12 kills, while Jenna Jacobson had three service aces.
The Terrapins will look to carry their momentum from tonight’s match to South Bend, Ind. as they take on Notre Dame Friday at 4:00 p.m.