Maryland (15-15, 6-12 B1G) vs. #19 Purdue (19-9, 10-8 B1G)
November 23, 2022
XFINITY Center Pavilion
7 p.m. ET
Maryland (15-15, 6-12 B1G) vs. Indiana (15-15, 8-10 B1G)
November 19, 2022
5 p.m. ET
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Terps will play their home finals Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they welcome Purdue to the Xfinity Center Pavilion. Maryland will wrap up their season on the road when they travel to Bloomington to face Indiana on Friday at 5 p.m. Both games will be streamed in B1G+.
THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES
The Terps will wrap up their regular home season with a matchup against #19 Purdue on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Maryland then plays its regular season finale away to Indiana at 5 p.m. Friday.
Maryland recorded their first top-five win of the season Friday night when the Terps defeated #5 Ohio State in four sets. The last time the Terps defeated a top five opponent was in September 2021 when Maryland defeated #2 Wisconsin in five sets.
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 1.8 blocks per set. With a total of 361 blocks so far this season, with Tennessee St. as the next closest competitor with a total of 326 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 1.54 blocks per set and 154 blocks overall.
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 second in the Big Ten with a total of 442 digs, while the Terps are fifth as a team with 1,446.
Opponents only hit .185 against Maryland’s defense. That ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 79th 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 65 digs, 223 blocks, and 507 kills.
Among freshmen Laila Ivey leads the duo with 276 kills this season, good for second on the roster. She also added 38 digs and 51 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 167 blocks and a hit average of .343.
Scout out the enemies
Purdue is ranked 19th in this week’s national polls with a 19-9 record and a 10-8 record in conference play. The Boilermakers are coming off a 3-0 loss to #6 Nebraska
The Terps will end the regular season away in Bloomington for a 5 p.m. Friday match against Indiana. The Hoosiers go into the final week of the regular season with a 15-15 record.