October 25, 2009
Winning streak ends as Hokies fall to Maryland
Wiker leads team with 15 kills
Virginia Tech (16-6) 25152523132
Maryland (11-13) 18251625153
  • Comcast Pavilion - 217

BLACKSBURG, Va. The Virginia Tech volleyball squad suffered a tough road loss against Maryland, on Sunday, 3-2 (25-18, 15-25, 25-16, 23-25, 13-15) in the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md.

Tech led two sets to one, and held a 22-18 lead in the fourth frame and was on the verge of closing out the match, but failed to put Maryland away. Though the Hokies out-hit the Terrapins .214 to .191, and out-blocked Maryland 9.5 to nine, Tech could not finish off Maryland, and saw their five-match winning streak snapped.

The Hokies wasted no time getting started in the contest, racing out to a 6-1 advantage in the first frame, with three of the opening six points coming via service aces. Maryland chipped away at the lead though, and tied the set up at 11 apiece. With the score even at 14-14, Tech went on a 6-0 run to regain control of the match, and carried the lead to a first-set victory, 25-18.

After the Hokies gained a 5-2 cushion to start the second set, the Terrapins reeled off five straight points to take only their second lead of the match. With momentum in hand, Maryland extended the advantage out to 18-11 and eventually took the second stanza, 25-15. The Terps hit .429, while the Hokies hit .000 in the period.

An 8-1 run helped Tech achieve an early lead on Maryland in the third set, jumping out to a 10-3 advantage. The Hokies would lengthen the lead out all the way to 22-12, before the Terrapins went on a 3-0 run to try and claw back into the set. The Hokies fended off the Maryland rally though, and buried the Terps in the third period, 25-16.

Maryland would not go away though, opening up the fourth set with a 6-1 spurt. The Hokies battled back to even the match at 10 apiece. From that point on, the two squads stayed close, with Tech maintaining a slim margin for most of the way. Tech extended out to a 22-18 lead and looked like they would run away with the set, but the Terrapins roared back with a 7-1 run to close the period and steal the fourth stanza, 25-23.

Another 4-0 run put Tech in an early hole in the fifth set. After falling behind 9-5, Tech put together a 4-0 run of its own to pull even 9-9. Both teams went toe-to-toe for the rest of the closing set. With the score tied at 13-13, Maryland took advantage of an attack error by sophomore Erin Leaser and the Terps’ Sam Rosario added a service ace to capture the fifth set, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.

Three Hokies registered double-digit kills. Freshman Jennifer Wiker led the team with 15 kills, while junior Felicia Willoughby and senior Betsy Horowitz added 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Horowitz tallied five blocks as well. Junior Justine Record earned 14 digs, and senior Jill Gergen recorded 12. Leaser dished out 46 assists in the affair.

The Hokies return home to Cassell Coliseum next weekend, where they are undefeated, for matchups with Miami and Florida State. Tech plays the Hurricanes on Friday at 7 p.m., and takes on the Seminoles at 6 p.m., on Saturday. Results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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