Syracuse Outlasts Maryland in Four Sets

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Freshman Whitney Craigo tallied a career-high 31 assists and junior Ashleigh Crutcher had a season-high 25 kills as the Maryland volleyball team (13-15, 5-11 ACC) fell to Syracuse in four sets Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y.

Alongside Crutcher, Mary Cushman helped lead the Terrapin offense with 16 kills as Adreene Elliott added nine. Defensively, Sarah Harper posted 15 digs and Crutcher added 10.

The first set began back-and-forth early, but the Orange pulled ahead after a 3-0 run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Syracuse led by as much as six midway through the set. The Terps gradually came back and a kill from Cushman put them within one, 23-22, but ultimately they could not overcome the Orange and fell, 25-22.

In the second set, errors hurt both teams early. Collectively, they posted two attack errors and four service errors before either team reached 10 points. Syracuse took over midway through the set to gain a six-point advantage. Maryland ultimately dropped the set, 25-20.

The Terps came out strong in the third set with a 4-0 run, before Syracuse tied the frame at 12. An attack error from Syracuse’s Silvi Uattara on set-point gave the set to Maryland. Syracuse tallied six errors while Maryland only had two, its lowest of the match.

Syracuse took control midway through the fourth set, until Maryland gradually fought back to tie the frame at 24. Two kills from Syracuse’s Nicolette Serratore ended the match, however.

The Terps are back at home against North Carolina Nov. 24. Maryland finishes regular-season play on the road at Virginia Tech (Nov. 29) and at Virginia (Nov. 30).