Maryland (14-14, 5-11 B1G) vs #5 Ohio State (19-5, 15-1 B1G)
November 18, 2022
Xfinity Center Pavilion
7 p.m. ET
Maryland (14-14, 5-11 B1G) vs Michigan (15-11, 6-10 B1G)
November 19, 2022
Xfinity Center Pavilion
8 p.m. ET
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Terps return to the Xfinity Center Pavilion this weekend, beginning with a Friday night matchup against #5 Ohio State at 7:00 p.m. Maryland returns for a game against Michigan on Saturday night. Before the game on Saturday we will honor our seniors Gem Grimshaw, Maddie Naumann, Rainelle Jones and Lexy Finnerty. Both games are streamed on B1G+. THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES
Maryland will begin their three games at 7:00 p.m. Friday night as No. 5 hosts Ohio State. The Terps then take on the Michigan Wolverines for Senior Night at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Maryland clinched its first Big Ten home win over Iowa on Sunday, marking its seventh conference win of the season
Maryland’s win over No. 9 Purdue at Holloway High School on October 16 marked the program’s first win over a top ten program down the road since joining the conference in 2014. Before losing to No. 1 Nebraska, Maryland won four Consecutive street games for the first time in Big Ten history.
Maryland continues to lead the nation as America’s top blocking team. After leading the country with 3.45 blocks per set and 348.5 blocks overall last season, the terps continue that trend.
As a team, the Terps average 3.3 blocks per set, almost two full blocks more than their opponent’s 1.7 blocks per set. With a total of 331.5 blocks this season, Maryland has 171 more blocks than its opponents. No other school has surpassed 300 blocks this season, with Denver being its closest competitor with a total of 291 blocks.
Just like her team Rainelle Jones continues to shine as the nation’s top blocker. Already the active career leader in block assists and total blocks, Jones leads the nation with 1.55 blocks per set and 143 total blocks.
When Rainelle Jones On Friday, October 7, she reached her 650th career block, overtaking Rachele Wagener and becoming the program’s all-time leader in total blocks. Now at 685, Jones continues to build on her record.
Defense at the highest level
Not only has Terrapin block shone brightly this season, but so has the team’s overall defense.
Individually, Milan Gomillion is sixth in the Big Ten with a total of 390 digs, while the Terps are seventh as a team with 1,275.
Opponents batted just .188 against Maryland’s defense. That ranks sixth in the Big Ten and 91st in the NCAA.
Maryland took home four Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards this season Rainelle Jones took home the honor on August 29th and September 19th Anastasia Russ and Sydney Dowler accepted the awards on October 17.
Checking in with the newcomers
Several newcomers have made their presence felt in Maryland this season. Overall, the four newcomers have racked up 48 digs, 172 blocks, and 337 kills.
Among freshmen Laila Ivey leads the duo with 260 kills this season, good for second on the roster. She also added 34 digs and 46 blocks defensively. Ally Williams has also made an impact from the service line, most recently on the match point of the second set against Rutgers with a fantastic serve.
The transfer function Anastasia Russ and Gem Grimshaw. Russ has 100+ kills and 100 blocks this season, easily surpassing her previous pre-College Park season bests. She is currently second in the Big Ten with 149 blocks and a batting average of .343.
Scout out the enemies
Ohio State is ranked #5 in this week’s national polls after recording back-to-back wins over #13 Purdue and #4 Nebraska. The Buckeyes have lost just one conference game this season, to Nebraska in September.
The Terps will wrap up the weekend with a Saturday night matchup against Michigan. The Wolverines are 6-10 in conference play and have lost three of their last four games.