Series vs. Maryland: Ohio State leads, 8-3
Last Time Out: Oct. 28, 2016 (Ohio State, 3-0)
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team (11-1) travel to Columbus to face Ohio State (7-4) and open Big Ten Conference play Wednesday.
The Terps finished the nonconference slate with the Maryland Challenge last weekend. Maryland opened the tournament with a statement win over then-No. 18 Southern California in three sets. The Terrapins swept Oklahoma before falling for the first time in 2017 to No. 7 Washington. Senior middle blocker Hailey Murray and junior libero Kelsey Wicinski were selected to the all-tournament team.
The Terps received votes in Monday's AVCA Coaches Poll. The last time Maryland was ranked in the poll was on Nov. 7, 2005.
Maryland went 11-1 in nonconference play, the team's best showing in nonconference play since going 8-1 in 2007. The Terps began the season with 10 straight wins, the best start to a season for the program since 2005.
Last season, Maryland and Ohio State split their series. The Terps upset the then-No. 19 Buckeyes in five sets in College Park but fell to OSU in three sets in Columbus.
As a senior, Murray has stepped up as a leader in the front row. She is averaging 2.09 kills per set and 1.07 blocks per set, and currently ranks second in the conference with a .506 hitting percentage.
In just her first season as a Terp, freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been a crucial player for the Terps. A member of the program's highest-ranked recruiting class, Pritchard leads Maryland with 3.18 kills per set and 0.61 service aces per set. The Middletown, Md., native ranks second in the Big Ten in aces per set.