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Terps serve 13 aces in sweep of Rutgers

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With 13 aces the Maryland volleyball team picked up a 25-16, 27-25, 25-21 sweep against Rutgers to get back in the win column. Gia Milana, Ashlyn MacGregor and Taylor Smith each had three aces in the match to lead the Terps to victory.

“I’m proud of the team for fiding a way to close each game and get the win,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Rutgers came in and fought hard today. We’re still young and growing as a team, but I think we’re learning with each match.”

Milana also had 11 kills while Liz Twilley led the Terps with 12 while hitting .333. MacGregor also had four blocks to top the 500-plateau in her career, increasing her overall total to 5-2. She is just the third player in program history to teach the milestone.

Maryland was unstoppable in the first set. The Scarlet Knight hit .316 but the Terps were even better as they hit .520 with 14 kills, topping Rutgers’ nine kills. The Terps were able to hold onto a three-point lead for much of the first half of the first set. Rutgers scored three of four points to get within one at 12-11 but Maryland created distance with four-straight points to take a 17-13 lead. Maryland got ahead by five points at 19-13 before Rutgers got three points in a row, with two of them coming by Lauren Cloyd kills.

But Maryland took off at the end of the set, scoring six-straight points to win the set with three kills by Twilley and a kill and two aces coming from Smith.

Maryland’s hitting went down greatly in the second set, but after trailing 13-8, they went on a 6-1 run to ti things up at 14 each. Rutgers avoided losing their lead right them, but Maryland used a 5-1 run to get ahead 19-18 soon after.

Still, the second set was as close as could be with neither team ever taking true advantage. Maryland had set point after an error by Cloyd gave Maryland their 24th point, but she responded with a kill to save the set. Jillian Duffin them gave Rutgers the lead and the opportunity for set point after an ace, but the Terps scored three in a row to get another set win.

The hitting went down even more in the third set but they were able to survive and secure the sweep. There were seven ties and three lead changes in the third set. Maryland seemed to be running away with things when they went on a 6-1 run to take an 18-14 lead. However, four-straight points by Rutgers tie the set.

That prompted Aird to call a timeout and that little break helped the Terps get back into gear. They scored four points in a row out of their time out to take a 22-18 lead. They exchanged the next four points with Rutgers before Milana smacked a kill to end the match.

Maryland will return on the road for a final time this season to play Illinois and Northwestern next weekend before returning home to conclude their regular season with matches against Purdue and Indiana.

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