CRUTCHER, LEE SPIKE MARYLAND PAST VCU, 3-0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) hit .500 with seven kills, but that wasn't enough to slow down Maryland, which topped Virginia Commonwealth University, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-16) Friday night in the Maryland Invitational at the Comcast Pavilion.
Senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added seven kills, while junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) provided eight and three blocks for VCU.
VCU struggled most of the evening to slow down Maryland's offensive attack. The Terrapins hit .389 for the match, never recording worse than a .333 hitting percentage in any of the three sets. Ashleigh Crutcher had 12 kills to lead all players and hit .647 for the Terps. Maddi Lee and Mary Cushman added 11 kills apiece.
The Rams outblocked Maryland, 9-6, but the Terps had a 42-24 advantage in digs.
The teams battled through a back-and-forth first set before the Terps took control. The set featured 15 ties and four lead changes. VCU took a 20-19 advantage on a right-handed smash by Boyd, but would not lead again the entire match. A kill from Cushman on the ensuing play sparked a 6-0 burst by Maryland to close the set.
Maryland proceeded to hit .455 and .375 in the second and third sets, respectively, on the way to the victory.
The Rams return to action at the Maryland Invitational on Saturday, when they meet Xavier at 10 a.m., followed by a contest with Quinnipiac at 4:30 p.m.