Sep. 2, 1997
Terps Leap Into Top 25 Poll After Win Over 14th-Ranked Ohio State
Host Georgetown Wednesday Night
Terps Open Season As Champions: The Maryland Terrapins opened the 1997 season in winning fashion as they captured the Gazette Times Classic championship at Oregon State University. The Terps downed Kent, Oregon State and Drake all in three games, and then collected a 3-2 win over then-14th-ranked Ohio State to claim the championship. Senior All-America candidate Elizabeth Efron was named to the all-tournament team.
She's Mvp: Senior All-America candidate and Terp setter Eden Kroeger was named MVP of the Gazette Times Classic. The Colorado native totaled 173 assists in the four matches played, an average of 12.4 assists per game, including a season-high 61 against Ohio State. She also recorded 22 digs against the Buckeyes. Kroeger also leads the team in digs with 63.
What's Next: The 23rd-ranked Maryland Terrapins open their '97 home campaign on Wednesday night, September 3, when they host the Georgetown Hoyas. The Terps will play in Cole Field House until late September when they will move into their new home, Ritchie Coliseum. The Terps will then meet the Maryland alumni on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Scouting The Hoyas: Georgetown owns a 2-1 record...the Hoyas defeated ACC foe N.C. State (3-2) and Akron (3-0), and lost to Northwestern (3-1)...junior middle blocker Melissa Tytko leads all Georgetown hitters with a .385 hitting percentage...junior outside hitter Sara Fairborn leads the Hoyas on the defense as she has totaled 43 digs.
Series Record: Maryland owns an 8-6 series record versus Georgetown.
Terp Notes: Senior All-America candidate and right-side hitter Elizabeth Efron is hitting a team-high .362, and has a team-high eight service aces...junior middle-blocker Jaime Summers, making her first career start at the Oregon State tournament last weekend, is hitting .293...senior Conya Jabari-Kitwala is now playing for Maryland once again--she had quit after last season and rejoined the team prior to the start of the '97 1997 TERP SCHEDULE (4-0 Overall, 0-0 ACC) Ranked No. 23