Virginia Volleyball Registers 3-2 Triumph Over Liberty
Oct. 11, 2000
LYNCHBURG, Va. – University of Virginia third-year utility player Jenny Harmon (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) registered her first career triple-double in helping lead the Cavaliers to a 3-2 (15-12, 10-15, 8-15, 15-8, 5-10) come-from-behind victory over Liberty Tuesday evening (October 10) in collegiate volleyball action at the Vines Center. Harmon totaled 21 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks as UVa improved to 9-9 on the season. The Flames fell to 6-14 with the loss.
In addition to Harmon’s impressive performance, first-year setter Abby Whittenburg (Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo) nearly recorded a triple-double as well. Whittenburg tallied 64 assists, a school record 12 block assists and eight digs. First-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) smashed 27 kills to establish a career high and added 13 digs for her sixth-consecutive double-double and 12th of the season. Fourth-year outside hitter Katie Jones (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) notched 13 kills and a match-high 23 digs for the `Hoos. First-year outside hitter Katie Synan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) also set a new career high with 14 kills and tied her previous career high in digs with seven.
Freshman outside hitter Theresa Passamani and junior outside hitter Summer Elmquist led Liberty with 18 kills apiece. Elmquist also added 18 digs and three blocks, while Passamani contributed 15 digs and three blocks. Junior outside hitter Jessica Wilson also had a good match for the Lady Flames with 11 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Junior setter Michelle Howland recorded a double-double as well with 64 assists and 18 digs.
Virginia registered 18 total team blocks in the match and hit .262 with 86 kills and 30 errors in 214 attempts. The Cavaliers held Liberty to a .178 hitting percentage (68 kills, 33 errors on 197 attempts).
After winning the first game 15-12, UVa dropped the next two games to Liberty 15-10 and 15-8. In a must win fourth game, the Cavaliers jumped out to a 10-3 advantage and won 15-8. In the fifth and deciding game, Virginia took a 4-0 lead, only to see Liberty tie the game at 5-5. The `Hoos then rattled off six straight points to open an 11-5 lead. Liberty won three of the next four points to close within 12-8, but a pair of Synan kills increased the margin to 14-9. After a UVa hitting error, the deciding point was scored on a Lady Flames’ serving error. In the fifth game, Synan and Davis combined for nine kills.
The Cavaliers return to action on Friday, October 13 when they travel to College Park, Md. for a 7:00 p.m. ACC match against Maryland.
Virginia 3, Liberty 2Game Scores 1 2 3 4 5 -- Final ScoreVirginia (9-9) 15 10 8 15 15 -- 3Liberty (6-14) 12 15 15 8 10 -- 2Time of Match: 2:21Attendance: 275