COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It was back and forth all night in College Park as Arkansas the first match of the Maryland Invite to the Terrapins, 3-1.
The Razorbacks had a dominant second set after dropping the first to tie the match at one set apiece, but an efficient third and fourth set by Maryland would give them control of the match and the win.
• Hailey Dirrigl | 15 kills | .270 hitting percentage | 3 service aces
• Devyn Wheeler | 14 kills | .379 hitting percentage | 2 blocks
• Liz Pamphile | 9 kills | .667 hitting percentage | 4 blocks
• Rachel Rippee | 34 assists | 5 digs
THE TURNING POINT
Trailing 2-1 in the match, Arkansas called its first timeout of the fourth set as Maryland led 12-11. The Razorbacks and Terrapins went point for point and the Hogs took an 18-16 lead after a service ace by Rippee.
Maryland responded with eight consecutive points to take a 24-18 lead. The Hogs would score once more to end the run by the Terrapins, but the deficit was too much to overcome and dropped the final match, 25-19.
FROM COACH WATSON
“Solid performance after our match with UAPB. I really felt like we competed and gave ourselves the chance to win. The learning curve is steep on the road, but we continue to improve and gain precious experience. We have a group of athletes with strong resolve and a true willingness to learn and improve.”
• Dirrigl’s 15 kills and Wheeler’s 14 kills were both season highs for the juniors.
• The 34 assists by Rippee is a new season high, she has now led the squad in assists in seven of eight matches.
• Arkansas’ largest lead was six points, when they led 7-1 in the fourth set. Their longest rally was in the first set, when they Hogs used an 8-0 scoring run to take an 8-3 lead at the start of the match.
Arkansas will be back in action on day two of the Maryland Invite on Saturday and will play Princeton and George Mason with matches at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.
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