Maryland tops Tech, 3-1
Willoughby contributes 14 kills and eight blocks
November 17, 2007
Volleyball at Maryland
L, 1-3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team closed out the away portion of its schedule with a 1-3 (21-30, 30-28, 25-30, 25-30) loss to Maryland Saturday evening. Freshman Felicia Willoughby led Tech with 14 kills and five blocks, while three Hokies posted double-doubles.

Junior Sarah Muñoz recorded her 19th career double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs, while sophomores Michelle Lang and Taylor Parrish knocked out their second consecutive double-doubles. Lang distributed 47 assists and collected 13 digs, while Parrish had 11 kills and 14 digs.

Sophomore Betsy Horowitz rounded out the double-digit kills with 12 and added five blocks; while sophomore Jill Gergen collected 14 digs and senior Amanda Cloyd tallied 11.

For Maryland, Jade Brown led all players with 17 kills, while Michelle Kenning and Mary Beth Brown chipped in 14 and 12, respectively. Kenning completed the double-double, collecting 15 digs, while Maggie Schmelzle had a match-high 28 digs and Beth Gillming added 18. Katie Usher contributed eight blocks.

The Terrapins jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the opening frame and maintained their lead until a kill and block secured the win for Maryland at 30-21.

Maryland used a five-point run midway through the second game to pull ahead eight, at 21-13, but the Hokies chipped away at the Terrapins' lead to come within one by 25-26. Although Maryland held off Tech's attempt to even the score, a kill from Willoughby and a block of Willoughby and Lang made it a two point game, knotting the score at 28 all. Willoughby landed another kill to put Tech up one before a Terp attack error put the Hokies on top 30-28.

The Terrapins opened the game with a six-point run and never looked back. The Hokies rallied for a six-point run of their own midway through the game, but it wasn't enough as Maryland held on for the 30-25 win.

A five-point run in favor of the Terrapins broke open an even 21 all frame, allowing Maryland to cruise to a 30-25 match win.

The Hokies (13-17, 7-13) return home for their final two matches this season. Tech will host Wake Forest at 5 p.m., on Wed., Nov. 21, before concluding the season with a 1 p.m., match against No. 24 Duke on Fri., Nov. 23.