Payton Carter scored a career-high 12 kills on Sunday at Maryland.
In the final match of the Maryland Invite, the host Maryland Terrapins posted a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22) sweep of Liberty, Sunday at XFINITY Center Pavilion.
Maryland (7-2) went 2-1 on the weekend, finishing second to South Carolina, which went 3-0. Liberty (2-7) has sustained four straight setbacks. Margaret Latchford was named to the Maryland Invite All-Tournament Team.
Notable Numbers • Maryland led in hitting percentage (.204-.114), blocks (10-4) and service aces (5-3), while Liberty held the advantage in kills (41-34), assists (40-32) and digs (43-35).
• Erika Pritchard led Maryland with 11 kills to go along with five blocks, while Nicole Alford dished out a match-high 29 assists and Samantha Burgio collected a match-best nine digs.
• Payton Carter scored a match-high 12 kills for the Lady Flames, setting a new career high. Hannah Morris paced Liberty with 27 assists, while Jenna Culhan scored 10 kills and Anna Gragg posted eight kills and two aces. Carter, Culhan and Margaret Latchford had eight digs each.
Match Summary SET 1 • Anna Gragg tied set one at 19-19 with a kill. Maryland scored the final six points in a row, a stretch that included three Liberty miscues. Katie Myers served up the winning ace to seal the 25-19 victory.
• The Terrapins outhit Liberty, .212-.135, during the opening set.
SET 2 • Liberty nearly came back from an 18-12 set-two deficit, tying it at 19-19 after back-to-back kills by Culhan and Carter. Maryland put together a point-run run, including two Burgio service aces, to go ahead 23-19. Liberty got to within 23-21 but no closer as the Terrapins won, 25-21.
SET 3 • The hosts held a 24-18 lead in set three, before Liberty fought off four match-point tries. After a Maryland timeout, Jada Gardner sealed the match with a kill.
• The Terrapins outhit Liberty, .300-.220, during the final set. Pritchard recorded six set-three kills, while Gragg responded with five kills.
Quick Hits • This is the first time that Liberty has played a regular-season match on a Sunday since Sept. 21, 2008, when the Lady Flames swept Irvine in match hosted by Notre Dame.
• Margaret Latchford passed Erin (McKeown) Hagen (2000-03) into seventh place in program history with 1,483 career digs.
Up Next Liberty's next match will be its first home match under first-year head coach Trevor Johnson. The Lady Flames will face Commonwealth ACC foe Virginia on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Vines Center. Virginia's last visit to the Vines Center resulted in a dramatic 3-2 win for the Lady Flames, Sept. 23, 2014.
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