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Terps defeat Indiana in straight sets

Maryland volleyball defeated Indiana in straight sets for their fourth conference win of the season. With the win, the Terps now move to 13-9 on the season and 4-6 in the conference.

Head coach Adam Hughes is now 1-0 in his first matchup against former coach Steve Aird, the first of many matches to come between the two Big Ten foes. The Terps bounced back after a four-set loss to No. 17 Purdue on Friday. Winning the first two sets in tight battles, 25-21, 25-23, the Terps pulled away in the third set winning 25-16.

After struggling offensively, hitting .140 against Purdue, the Terps bounced back in a big way offensively, hitting .306 on Sunday. Sophomore outside hitter Erika Pritchard led the Terps attack finding space all over the court with 20 kills and an efficient .354. Freshman middle blocker Rainelle Jones also was pivotal for the Terps, with nine kills and a .474 hitting percentage, her highest total of the season. Redshirt freshman Katie Myers rounded out the Terps offense with seven kills and a .333 hitting percentage.

Complementing their strong offense, the Terps defense was strong as well, limiting the Hoosiers to a .140 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Breana Edwards, the Hoosiers leader in kills entering the match, struggled to generate offense, hitting .103. Their highest total of the match came in the second set at .205, but the Terps defenders quickly bounced back in the third set.

Freshman libero Allegra Rivas led the Terps with 21 digs on defense, while sophomore outside hitter Hailey Rubino finished with 13. Rubino has been playing more lately, and has made the most of her opportunities in recent matches. Senior defensive specialist Abigail Bentz finished with 10 digs to round out the Terps defense.

The Terps used a 6-0 run in the final set to propel them to the straight set victory to extend the lead to 15-6. Senior outside hitter Liz Twilley and Pritchard were important contributors during the run. Myers capped off the match with an emphatic past the Hoosiers defense to give the Terps the straight-set victory.

Now the Terps will return home to practice for a few days before traveling to Champaign to face off against the No.6 Illinois Fighting Illini.