Maryland returns home from its busy weekend in Michigan with a loss and win against Michigan and Michigan State, respectively. The Terps returned in high spirits, however, following the return of their star libero Milan Gomillion in their win against Michigan State.
The Terrapins look to have an easier stretch of games starting on Wednesday against the struggling Scarlet Knights, who for the past nine matches have been outplayed 27-2.
On Saturday, the Terps will have a rematch against Michigan State, the team that they have already defeated, 3-1. This time the Terps will have the luxury of playing at home.
Milan Gomillion’s return provided a great spark for Maryland, pacing the team with 13 digs in its four set victory.
Sam Csire is also coming off a hot performance at Michigan State, where she ended the game with 15 kills, 10 digs, and five blocks.
There is also two-time Big Ten defensive player of the week Rainelle Jones, who scored the second-most kills on the team against Michigan with seven, was the team-leader in blocks against Michigan State with eight, and also remains in the fold as a big time game-changer in the coming weeks.
It was the week before, however, where Jones’s strong performances against Northwestern and Indiana gave her her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.
“I feel like I’m growing. I’m learning. I’m helping my team,” Rainelle Jones said. “I’m helping the coaches, [showing] that what they’re teaching me is helping me and is able to show other people that improvement is happening.”
No team in the NCAA has done a better job at blocking the ball than Maryland. The Terrapins currently lead the country in blocks per set. Rainelle Jones, individually, leads the country by a large margin as well. The gap between her 1.85 blocks per set and the second place holder is the same as the gap between the second and eleventh place holder.
Maryland’s match against Rutgers will be live on the Big Ten Network Wednesday at 6 pm.