Women's Volleyball Rallies to Knock Off North Carolina
October 24, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When the University of Virginia volleyball team faced North Carolina earlier in the season (Oct. 6), the Cavaliers watched a 2-1 lead slip away and lost the match 3-2.
Well, on this evening in front of 333 spectators at Memorial Gym, the Cavaliers returned the favor. UNC won the first game 15-8, dropped the second game 15-7, and bounced back to win the third game 15-11. Trailing 2-1 and heading into the fourth game, UVa rallied to win game four 15-12, sending the match to a fifth game. After falling behind 8-4 and 12-9, Virginia mounted a comeback and took game five 15-13 to claim the match.
UVa was paced by setter Mary Frances Scott, who recorded match-highs with 73 assists and 28 digs. Claire Folga posted 20 kills and 20 digs, while teammate Katie Jones tallied 24 digs and 13 kills for the Cavaliers. The trio of Jessica Parsons (14 kills, 14 digs, 6 blocks), Andrea Fischer (15 kills, 8 digs, 5 blocks) and Deanna Zwarich (20 kills, 7 blocks) contributed with solid performances in the 3-2 win. Kristi Winters and Amanda Wells finished with nine and eight digs, respectively.
UNC was highlighted by Erin Berg (64 assists, 17 digs, 3 kills), Alicia Alford (25 digs, 15 kills) and Tori Seibert (22 kills, 17 digs, 5 blocks) in the loss.
The win improves Virginia’s record to 19-4 overall, 7-3 in the ACC, while the loss drops North Carolina’s record to 20-5 overall, 8-2 in the conference. With seven ACC victories, the Cavaliers have tied the 1996 UVa team for the most conference wins in a season at Virginia. UVa has eight matches remaining on the schedule. UVa improves to 9-0 at home, and has five of its last eight matches (three conference contests) in Memorial Gym. UVa will return to action on Oct. 27 when the Cavaliers host the Liberty Flames. The match will be held at Memorial Gymnasium and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
North Carolina (20-5, 8-2) 15 7 15 12 13Virginia (19-4, 7-3) 8 15 11 15 15