Virginia sweeps Maryland to Win Third-Straight ACC Match
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia volleyball team swept conference-foe Maryland Sunday afternoon at Comcast Pavilion by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-18 to win its third-straight ACC match. The Cavaliers improve to 9-8 on the season and 3-4 in the ACC, while the Terrapins drop to 13-6 this year and 4-3 in league play.
Junior Simone Asque led Virginia with her 17th career double-double, knocking down a match-high 16 kills to go with 10 digs. Freshman McKenzie Adams shared the offensive load, landing 14 kills, while freshman Emily Rottman contributed nine and hit a match-best .421.
Defensively, Rottman tacked on 13 digs, while senior AJ Cushman picked up a match-high 18.
Redshirt sophomore Beth Wildermuth distributed a match-high 41 assists.
For Maryland, three Terrapins landed seven kills, while Bethany Springer led the defense with 16 digs. Remy McBain dished out 29 assists.
As a team, Virginia’s offense landed 50 kills and hit .322 for the match, while the defense collected 51 digs and held the Terrapins to 33 kills and a .176 attack percentage. Maryland’s defense earned 48 digs.
Virginia used a 5-1 run to break open an even 17-17 first set, earning a 22-18 lead. Maryland responded from the streak by scoring four of the next six points, but a Terrapin service error gave the Cavaliers a 25-22 set win.
The Cavaliers gained control of the second stanza with seven-straight points, turning an even 11-11 score into an 18-11 advantage. Maryland was able to cut its deficit to three, by 20-17, but Virginia finished off the set by scoring five of the final eight points for a 25-20 victory.
Thanks to a 7-0 run in the third game, the Cavaliers closed out the set by scoring eight of the final 10 points to secure a 25-18 win.
Virginia will return to action next weekend, coming home to host Duke on Friday at 7 p.m., and Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m.