Virginia Swept by Maryland
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland Terrapins swept the Virginia volleyball team, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17), Friday night in Memorial Gymnasium. With the win, the Terrapins earned a season split with the Cavaliers, as Virginia swept Maryland earlier this year. Maryland also improves to 17-9 on the season and 8-6 in the ACC, while Virginia falls to an even 12-12 overall and 6-8 in the league.
Virginia was led by senior AJ Cushman’s defense. The libero earned a match-high 20 digs, while the Cavalier’s offense struggled against a Terrapin defense that collected 54 digs and 11 blocks.
Sophomore Jess O’Shoney knocked down a team-high nine kills to lead the attack, while redshirt sophomore Beth Wildermuth distributed 28 assists.
For Maryland, Kara Bates landed a match-high 13 kills, while Brittany Grove registered a double-double of 10 kills and 16 kills.
To open the match, the Terrapins broke open a 12-12 first set with a 4-1 run, pulling ahead 16-13. Maryland then extended its lead to four, at 16-20, before scoring five of the final six points for a 25-17 win.
Maryland opened the second stanza on a 7-1 run and never looked back. Improving their lead to 12 by 22-10, the Terrapins cruised to a 25-13 victory.
The Cavaliers weren’t able to gain any momentum in the third set either, as they fell behind 19-13. Catapulted by three-consecutive kills, the Terrapins took the third set, 25-17, and the match, 3-0.
Virginia will return to action tomorrow night, hosting its final home match of the season. The Cavaliers will face Boston College at 7 p.m. Virginia’s three seniors, AJ Cushman, Sydney Hill and Kendahl Voelker will be honored prior to the match.