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Terps volleyball beat Indiana on Senior Day

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Maybe it’s been a trying year as expected for the Maryland volleyball team, which has suffered so many close losses to conference opponents that were just simply better, but on senior day, nothing was stopping the Terps from gaining a victory. The Terps hit .312 against the Indiana Hoosiers, their best mark since the second game of the season. That precise hitting led the Terps to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 sweep on Friday in their final match of the year.

“I’m happy we were able to send the seniors out with a win,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Our three seniors are very different, but they’ve been integral members of the team. Credit to Indiana, they’re a good team. Credit to Indiana, they’re a good team. I think we practiced well going into the match and executed well.”

Seniors Ashlyn MacGregor, who posted four blocks and hit a team-best .455 clip in her final match, Whitney Craigo and Carlotta Oggioni were all honored before the match.

And while the day was about honoring the team’s seniors, it was their underclassmen who led the way to the win. Sophomore outside hitter Angel Gaskin hit a team-high 12 kills at a .423 clip. Freshman setter Taylor Smith had a 34 assists and 10 digs while classmate Gia Milana has 10 kills and 11 digs for double-doubles.

“The record won’t show the fact that we continue to improve,” Aird said. “This season was about getting our younger players experience and growing on the court. I think we learned a lot of lessons and we’re already excited for next year.”

Maryland out-hit the Hoosiers in all three sets. The Hoosiers were held to just a .168 hitting-percentage.

After falling behind 7-4 to the Hoosiers, Maryland went on a 10-2 run to gain a 14-9 lead in the opening set. They then out-scored Indiana 8-3 to end the set for the victory.

Maryland was then stuck in a big battle early in the second set, but a 6-1 run helped them create some separation with a 12-7 lead. The Hoosiers inched their way back into the set, but six of seven points, including four-straight before an Indiana timeout gave Maryland a 19-12 lead.

Once again, Indiana tried to make a comeback, but Maryland was able to keep their distance to the end of the second set, where Gaskin and Hailey Murray hit back-to-back kills to put the Terps ahead two sets to none.

In the third set, Maryland was never able to used a big run to gain a strangle-hold on on the score, but out-paced Indiana to a third set victory. They led just 21-20 before out-scoring the Hoosiers 4-1 to end the match for the complete sweep.

MacGregor finished her collegiate career ranked in the top-10 in five Maryland blocking categories, including seventh and eighth in single-season block assists (141 in 2013, 140 in 2016), third in both career block assists (463) and total blocks (516) and 10th in solo blocks (51). Craigo is 10th in career assists with 1,513.

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