By Jasmine Brown
The Maryland Terrapins volleyball team are making a statement in College Park as they are still undefeated at 8-0 and for the first time since 2005. The Terps also won the DC Classic Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md., where the last day was held. Outside hitter Emily Fraik had 15 kills while Freshman Liz Twilley had an amazing 17 kills against the George Mason Patriots.
Maryland won the first set convincingly against George Mason, winning it 25-15. The Terps’ energy was in cloud nine as their energy carried over into the second set, earning them the win with 25-19 being the final score. George Mason made a lot of errors in the first two sets which helped lift the Terps to two victories, but nonetheless, the scores were identical in the second and third sets which showed both teams put up a fight.
For Maryland, the first two sets in a match are arguably of their strong suits, they take control of the game and win the first two sets convincingly, however by third set, Maryland starts to slack and turns it into a back and forth point type of style. With setter Whitney Craigo out with a concussion and the absence of opposite hitter Angel Gaskin, the Terps’ usual crisp that is there when those two are in the lineup, seems to be nowhere on the court.
“It’s tough,” volleyball coach Steve Aird expressed when asked about the absence of his two starters. “But with two starters gone other players needs to step up.” When asked about the DC Classic as a whole, Aird said that they are a “young team” and they have “a long way to go.”
The Terps will now head to Annapolis to the Kristen Dickmann Invitation and will face Texas Tech, George Washington, and the Navy. Still holding their undefeated record, the Maryland squad will hope to keep moving along and stay unblemished as they roll into the state’s capital Friday evening.