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Terps get swept by No. 2 Minnesota

Freshman Gia Milana

Freshman Gia Milana

Freshman outside hitter Gia Milana continues to be a shining start for the Maryland volleyball team but despite her 17 kills in the match the Terps were swept by the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday afternoon, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22.

“I think Minnesota played well today and showed they’re an elite team,” head coach Steve Aird said. “We didn’t come out ready to play in the first and second sets, but the team played a lot tougher and fought in the third. This is an unforgiving conference, and we have a young team, so we’re learning how to compete at this level.”

Maryland’s schedule has been stocked full of either that have been either ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Sunday’s match was their fourth-straight against a ranked opponent.

Maryland was out-hit .304 to .119, out-blocked 10.5 to five and out-dug 42.39.

The Terps never led or tied the Golden Gophers in the second set. Minnesota his .276 with 11 kills and just three errors while the Terps struggled with 10 attacking errors, hitting .000. Maryland was down 9-4 in the first set before Milana smacked a kill and an ace to make it a three-point set, but Minnesota responded with two kills and a block to get ahead by six points.

Maryland once again cut their deficit down to three points with five of the next seven points, but Minnesota completely pulled away in the second half of the set. Following a Liz Twilley kill, Minnesota scored five of the next six points before forcing the Terps to call a timeout. Maryland scored two points out of the timeout, but Minnesota responded with four more in a row and finished the match with six of the final eight points.

In the second set, Maryland tied the match once when they took the second point to make it a 1-1 score, but Minnesota out-paced Maryland out to an 8-4 lead. An error on Minnesota made it a three-point set at 8-5, but the Golden Gophers extended a run to 6-1 to get out in front by six points at 11-5. A bit later, with a kill by Paige Tapp and two blocks by Alexis Hart and Molly Lohman, gave Minnesota another doubling lad at 16-8.

The Terps kept fighting and got back within four points at 17-12, but the Golden Gophers lead allowed them to keep their distance out ahead through the end of the set.

Maryland started the third set well, out-pacing Minnesota to an 11-8 lead, but the Golden Gophers quickly showed their power with a six-point run to take a 14-11 lead. Minnesota never dropped that lead and secured it even more a bit later with four-straight points to move out to a 20-14 lead.

The cushion of a six-point lead was key because Maryland went on a 6-1 run, but it only cut their deficit down to one at 21-20. Minnesota out-paced Minnesota 4-2 to the end of the match.

Maryland will remain at home for the week as they host Penn State and Rutgers on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

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