Terps Drop to No. 3 Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS – Freshman outside hitter Liz Twilley led the Terrapins with 12 kills on .367 hitting as the Maryland volleyball team fell to No. 3 Minnesota in three sets Wednesday. The Terps (13-18, 3-14 B1G) fell to the Gophers (24-3, 16-1) by set scores of 18-25, 17-25, 14-25.

“Minnesota is playing great volleyball right now and they’re very confident,” head coach Steve Aird said. “I don’t think I prepared my team well enough to come out and compete with the No. 3 team in the country.”

The Gophers were the sixth consecutive ranked opponent for the Terps as they compete through a grueling conference slate. Minnesota ranks No. 1 in the NCAA’s RPI.

Junior setter Whitney Craigo made 32 assists while freshman libero Kelsey Wicinski led the match with 13 digs. Craigo and junior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor each made two blocks.

The Gophers took an early lead in set one. A block from MacGregor and Craigo and an Adreené Elliott kill helped keep the Terps within two points. Minnesota used a run to take a 19-12 lead but Hailey Murray and Elliott posted back-to-back kills as the Terps took a 3-1 run and pulled within four at 21-17. Angel Gaskin posted a late kill, but the Gophers used a 4-1 run to close the set, 25-18.

The Terps took an early 3-2 set two lead off an Elliott ace and a Murray solo block. Wicinski served as ace as Maryland took a 4-2 lead. The Gophers pulled ahead and used a 3-1 run to take a 12-9 advantage. Minnesota pushed ahead to set point, 24-16, before Elliott used a kill to extend the set. The Gophers were able to finish it, 25-17.

A pair of Gaskin kills helped the Terps take a 3-1 lead to start set three. Minnesota took a 5-4 lead but Maryland was able to tie the set five times to stay close. The Gophers took a 14-8 lead off a 5-1 run. MacGregor and Twilley notched kills as Minnesota continued to hold the lead, 20-12. The Gophers won the match with a 25-14 set win.

The Terps are back in action against No. 4 Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday. Opening serve is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on BTN Plus.

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