Hokies defeat Terrapins
Cloyd in top two of ACC's career dig leaders
October 5, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Virginia Tech volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-26, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27) victory over the University of Maryland, landing 19 kills and collecting 14 digs for her 19th double-double this season. Junior Sarah Muñoz collected her second consecutive double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs, while freshman Felicia Willoughby chipped in nine kills and six blocks. Senior Jen Albrecht had a solid performance with nine kills, three aces and four blocks, and sophomore Betsy Horowitz had seven kills in two games. Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd collected 24 digs to move into second place among the ACC's career dig leaders with 1,889 in her four seasons, 122 shy of the all-time record. Sophomore Jill Gergen dug 10 Terp attacks. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 47 assists. For Maryland, Jade Brown knocked down a game-high 20 kills, while Maggie Schmelzle had a double-double of 10 kills and a game-high 26 digs. Mary Beth Brown, Kathleen Wilson and Brittney Grove each had six blocks. The Hokies jumped out to a 6-1 lead in game one and extended the gap to 15-8 before Maryland called a timeout. Tech scored the point out of the break, but the Terps went on a 14-8 run to force a Tech timeout at 23-22. Back-to-back blocks from Mary Beth Brown and Meredith Doyle put Maryland on top for the first time, but a block by Willoughby and Munoz knotted the score at 24 all. Maryland called another timeout at 26-25. Parrish landed her ninth kill of the game for the Hokies' 27th point. A Terrapin and Hokie service error made the score 28-26, and a kill from Albrecht and a Maryland attack error gave Tech the 30-26 game win. Despite being down 4-11 early in game two, the Hokies used a 7-1 run to cut the Terps' lead to two at 13-11, and used another 7-1 run to pull ahead 20-19. Four more straight points gave the Hokies their biggest lead of the game at 24-19. Maryland called a timeout at 26-21, sparking a 4-1 run for the Terps, bringing the score to 27-25 and forcing a Tech timeout. The two squads traded serves out of the timeout before Parrish landed a kill for game-point and Cunningham blocked a Maryland attack to give the Hokies to a 2-0 lead in the match, with a 30-27 victory. Maryland's attack hit a deadly .538 in game three, while the defense dominated with 12 digs and four team blocks, holding the Hokies to a .135 attack percentage. The Terps jumped out to a 9-3 lead and used a late four-point run to extend their lead to 23-16, allowing them to coast to a 30-23 victory. Game four featured five tie scores, including an even 27-27 score. The Hokies however, earned three-straight points for a 30-27 match win. The Hokies will return to action tomorrow, Sat., Oct. 6, hosting Boston College at 3 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum.