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Maryland volleyball beats Michigan State, picks up first road win of conference slate

By AJ Poore

Maryland volleyball entered its second match in two days in desperate need of a win after falling in four of their last five contests, and they got it done, beating Michigan State in four sets, 3-1.

Maryland entered the weekend hoping to carry momentum from a win against the Hoosiers, but faltered Friday in a 3-0 loss on the road against the Michigan Wolverines. And just hours later, the Terps were forced to try and pick up the pieces against the Spartans.

Despite only having four kills in the first twenty-five points of the match, the Terps only trailed by two due to seven errors by Michigan State.

But the Terps struggled to keep forcing mistakes, allowing a 5-2 run from Michigan State and forcing Maryland coach Adam Hughes to take his first timeout of the match with the Terps down four. 

From there, the Terps couldn’t recover, allowing the Spartans to pull away and giving up a .472 hitting percentage over the set. Michigan State won set one, 25-18.

Early in the second set, outside hitter Sam Csire began to show signs of life for Maryland, racking up four kills in Maryland’s first twelve points. 

Michigan State outside hitter Sarah Franklin would not be outdone, amassing seven of her 20 kills in the set. However, it wouldn’t matter. Maryland managed to pull away from the Spartans with a late 5-0 run and take set two, 25-21.

The third set saw back and forth action between the Terps and Spartans, before the Terps exploded on an 8-2 run to take an 18-12 lead and force a Spartans timeout. 

From there, the set was all but won, and the Terps finished up the set handily 25-16.

The fourth set began with Michigan State taking a 7-5 advantage, but this was wiped away by a 9-2 run from Maryland which forced a Spartans timeout. 

From there, Maryland coasted to the win, going point for point with the Spartans to the end and winning set four 25-18. With the win, the Terps collected their first road victory of their conference slate, a positive sign for a team bubbling with potential.

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