Volleyball Defeats Maryland, 3-2
November 20, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia volleyball team began play in the 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Championship, held at Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland.
The number two seed Cavaliers faced the number seven seed Maryland Terrapins in the quarter-final round of the ACC Championship. Virginia advanced to the quarter-finals with a first round bye, while the Terrapins advanced to the quarter-final after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 3-1 (15-2, 15-7, 11-15 and 15-7).
The Cavaliers previously defeated the Terrapins by the score of 3-0 in both regular season meeting this season. UVa won 15-6, 15-12 and 15-12 on October 13 in Charlottesville, and won 15-3, 15-6 and 15-8 on October 30 in College Park. However, UVa would need five games to fight off Maryland to capture a 3-2 decision (11-15, 15-8, 15-13, 6-15, 15-7) this time around.
Maryland jumped out to a 1-0 led by winning the first game 15-11, before the the Cavaliers would answer back by winning the second game 15-8 and the third game 15-13. The Terrapins stayed alive in the match by winning the fourth game 15-6. However, Virginia wrapped-up the match and won the fifth game 15-7 to claim the 3-2 victory.
The Cavaliers were led by Jessica Parsons (match-high 22 kills, 9 digs, 5 blocks), Claire Folga (18 kills, 17 digs and a match-high five services aces) and Andrea Fischer (12 kills, 7 digs, 4 blocks). Mary Frances Scott dished-out a match-high 63 assists to add with 17 kills, while Katie Jones and Kristi Winters added 16 and 14 digs, respectively. Deanna Zwarich added nine kills, five blocks and three digs in the victory.
With the win, Virginia’s record improves to 26-6 overall. The loss drops Maryland’s record to 13-16 overall and ends the Terrapins season. The Cavaliers will now advance to the semi-finals to face the number three seed Florida State Seminoles. FSU (23-10) advanced by defeating Wake Forest 3-0 (15-6, 15-11, 15-11). Virginia split the season series with Florida State this season.
The Cavaliers dropped a 3-0 decision to the Seminoles in Tallahassee on October 16 by the scores of (1-15, 12-15 and 5-15). UVa defeated FSU 3-2 the last time the two teams met in Charlottesville on November 14 by the scores of 15-7, 2-15, 11-15, 15-1 and 21-19. The Virginia vs. Florida State semi-final match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and will be played at Ritchie Coliseum.
(#7) Maryland (26-6, 12-4 ACC) 15 8 6 15 7 (#2) Virginia (13-16, 5-11 ACC) 11 15 15 6 15