The Maryland Terrapins volleyball team (16-11, 5-10) fell to the No. 6 Nebraska Huskers (21-4) in three sets (11-25, 15-25, 16-25) Wednesday evening, as sophomore outside hitter Gia Milana posted a negative hitting percentage for the second straight match.
The loss, which extended the Terps’ losing streak to four games on the road, marked Maryland’s fifth game against ranked opponents in the last six matches. And a lack of offensive consistency has become a theme through each match.
Freshman opposite hitter Samantha Drechsel and freshman middle blocker Jada Gardner were the lone bright spots in the Terps’ loss to the Huskers. Drechsel notched nine kills on a .333 hitting clip, while Gardner tacked on three more with a solid .400 percentage.
However, the pair’s performance was not enough, as Maryland hit a collective .081 above the net.
Nebraska’s dominance of the Terps began from the service line, as the Huskers tallied 10 service aces through the three sets. Maryland only notched one service ace during that period.
The Huskers opened the match with three unanswered points, until a service error pulled Maryland within two. Nebraska, however, quickly regained their poise and erupted for a 9-4 run, pushing their lead to 12-4.
Nebraska scored the set’s final five points, winning 25-11.
Maryland increased their intensity after a lackluster first set, and took a 5-2 lead to begin the second game. Despite extending the margin to four points, Maryland forfeited their lead.
Six offensive errors by Maryland helped the Huskers post eight unanswered points, taking the lead 14-10. Nebraska took the second set, 25-15, with a commanding 11-5 run, and placed the Terps on the verge of defeat.
The Terrapins failed to contain the Huskers in the third set, as Nebraska’s defense forced Maryland to commit a number of offensive errors. The Maryland squad had placed themselves in a hole, when the Huskers jumped out to a 7-1 lead.
Although Milana and Drechsel combined to pull Maryland within four points, 14-10, the Huskers extended their lead eight points, 20-12.
A kill from Nebraska’s Lauren Stivrins placed the set at match point, while a kill from Annika Albrecht won the Huskers the set, 25-16.
The Maryland Terrapins volleyball team returns to the court Nov. 11, when they face No. 1 Penn State at State College.
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