Spartan Comeback Falls Short at Maryland

Orignally published on 2021-10-24 02:51:19 by

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Michigan State pulled off a late rally to reach the fourth set, but could not do it again to force a fifth set at Maryland on Saturday night, falling by a 3-1 score (20-25, 20-25, 28-26, 22-25) to the Terrapins in Big Ten volleyball action at Xfinity Center Pavilion.
The Spartans fell to 9-10 and 2-8 in the conference. For the Terps, they moved to 17-5 overall and 5-5 in the league standings.
Averaging a better hitting percentage in three of four sets, Maryland ended the night with a .212 attack clip compared to Michigan State’s .181. The Terrapins also had almost twice as many blocks as the Spartans, 13-7, while holding the 9-6 edge in service errors. Attack and service errors hindered both sides, as MSU had 23 attack misses and 16 serving errors to UMD’s 22 attacking errors and 11 service mistakes.
Sophomore Sarah Franklin and junior Cecilee Max-Brown both had double-doubles on Saturday, as Franklin led the Spartans with 16 kills to go with 12 digs, and Max-Brown tacked on 14 kills alongside a team-high 15 digs and two aces. Junior Emma Monks contributed with a strong game at the net, tallying two solo blocks and three blocking assists while registering three kills.

  • Franklin paced the Spartans with her 16 kills, her 13th contest with 10-plus kills, while her 12 digs gave her six double-doubles this season
  • Max-Brown registered her fifth double-double this season with 14 kills and a team-best 15 digs
  • Monks led MSU with five total blocks, registering blocks on three-straight points in the second set


  • Biamba Kabengele had eight kills and two block assists to go with two aces
  • Naya Gros added eight kills and two blocks
  • Lauryn Gibbs 12 digs and three assists at the libero spot
  • Julia Bishop and Celia Cullen split setter duties, as Bishop had 24 assists and an ace while Cullen tallied 18 assists
  • The Spartans’ 16 service errors matches a season high established Wednesday at Purdue, while the team’s nine receiving error are also a season-worst
  • MSU still leads the all-time series with Maryland, 13-3


  • SET ONE: Both sides held close at the beginning of the match, trading short runs until Maryland broke a 16-16 tie with four-straight points that included two kills from Sam Csire. Back-to-back kills from Kabengele halted the run, but UMD followed with another 3-0 streak and traded points two more times before a Kabengele service error gave the Terrapins the set win. Despite being outhit .306 to .241 in the opening frame, MSU still got three kills apiece from Kabengele and Franklin. Neither side was able to get up for a block in the first set, while the two teams combined for 24 kills and three aces.


  • SET TWO: Monks was instrumental early, as she had three-straight blocks and a kill to give MSU a 5-1 lead. Maryland clawed back to make it even at 15-15, forcing a Spartan timeout, and took its first lead of the set before forcing another MSU timeout at 19-17. The Terrapins continued to roll, going on a 6-0 run to extend its edge to 23-17 before Max-Brown got her fourth kill of the frame. MSU was able to force a pair of UMD attack errors, but a Csire kill and Sydney Dowler ace closed out the set for the hosts. Alongside Max-Brown’s four kills in the set, Monks finished with four total blocks (two solo, two assist) in the second frame, while Gibbs dug five balls in the set. Both teams were less efficient at hitting in the second frame, as MSU’s .129 clip topped the Terps’ .100 hit percentage, but Maryland made up for it with three aces in the set.


  • SET THREE: Maryland started out hot by taking eight of the first 11 points before MSU took a timeout, but the pause did not slow down the Terrapins as they raced out to a 14-6 advantage until Kabengele ended the surge coming out of the second MSU timeout. UMD managed two more points before the Spartans opened up an 8-2 run to pull within three points. MSU hung around and surged again once Maryland got to set point at 24-20, as the Green and White rattled off five-straight points to take its first lead of the frame. Maryland countered with two kills, but a Gros kill and Franklin ace retook the lead before a UMD error handed MSU the set victory in extras. Six digs and three kills from Max-Brown highlighted the frame for Michigan State, while Kabengele accounted for two of the Spartans’ three aces.


  • SET FOUR: After two kills from Franklin made it 2-1 MSU, the Terps pulled off a 5-0 run that caused a Spartan timeout. The Green and White battled back to take the lead again at 10-9, and the sides traded points until Maryland got two-straight and retook a 15-13 advantage. The back-and-forth play continued as the teams exchanged the lead several more times before Max-Brown got back-to-back kills and Monks added another to give MSU a 18-16 lead and force a Maryland timeout. The Terrapins were just a bit better coming out of the stoppage, using a 9-4 run to take back the advantage and close out the Spartans. Despite only registering nine kills and a .161 hitting clip in the final set, UMD tallied six blocks, and three aces while limiting attack errors to three. MSU was sunk by a .146 hit percentage and eight attack misses, only getting three blocks and a pair of Max-Brown aces.

Orignally published on 2021-10-24 02:51:19 by

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