Terps Cruise Past American in Three Sets
Oct. 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Maryland volleyball team completed its regular season non-conference schedule with a 3-0 win over American Tuesday night at Bender Arena.
In the win, the Terrapin offense was led by Ashleigh Crutcher's 14 kills and Mary Cushman added 10 kills in her second match back since returning from injury. As a team, the Terps (11-12, 2-9 ACC) hit .279, which is their fifth highest total of the season.
Cushman led the way for the Terps in the opening set. The Rochester, N.Y., native had four kills on eight attempts, while Crutcher supplied the defensive support with three blocks. Catie Coyle, Adreené Elliott and Emily Fraik each totaled two kills during the opening frame.
After the Eagles cut the Terrapin lead to three, Cushman ignited a 4-0 spurt with a kill. Following two American errors, Fraik knocked down a kill to put the Terps up 13-6. The Eagles closed within three points late in the first set at 19-16, but Maryland closed the set on a 6-3 run to earn a 1-0 lead.
Crutcher and Elliott powered the Terrapin offense in the second set. Crutcher led the way with five kills and Elliott added four as the Terps converted 35.5 percent of their attack opportunities in the set.
The Eagles seized the momentum to start the second set by scoring six consecutive points, but the Terps responded with a 7-0 run punctuated by a service ace from Dion. The set remained tight with the Eagles earning a 20-19 lead late in the frame causing the Terps to call their second timeout.
Out of the timeout with McBain serving, the Terps scored the final six points of the set with Crutcher, Elliott and Fraik all scoring kills, and McBain adding a service ace.
After intermission, Maryland started quickly and did not allow American to draw close. Crutcher was the Terps go-to hitter with six kills during the third set.
Solid offensive play staked the Terps to a 10-5 lead early in the third. Once again, the Eagles would not roll over as American cut the deficit to one at 19-18 capping an 8-4 run. Crutcher answered with a kill on the next point followed by an assisted block from Coyle and McBain to increase the lead to three.Maryland continued to apply the pressure as American committed an attacking error and Dagostino tallied a service ace to grow the Terrapin lead to 23-18 as the Terps won the third set and the match.