Volleyball Rebounds with Win Over Georgetown
EVANSTON, Ill. The Virginia volleyball team responded from a tough first day at the Wildcat Classic by winning it’s final match over Georgetown, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 27-25) on Saturday at Northwestern University. Fourth-year Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas) was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
“After a tough loss to Northwestern last night, in our post match meeting, I focused on identifying the difference in why we had the outcome that we did,” head coach Lee Maes said. “A lot of it was process oriented and a lot was things that we had control over. Unfortunately, we didn’t put ourselves in a position to compete for points to change the outcome of last night’s match. Once we identified a number of things that we had to do differently, we asked them today to show us what getting better looks like, and they responded really well.
“We improved in a number of facets of our game today, the most evident one was passing. We didn’t pass well against Northwestern, but we passed much better today against Georgetown. That really allowed us to have a more consistent flow offensively and allowed us to limit errors.
“So, I’m pleased that they responded well and we look forward to starting ACC conference play.”
Against Georgetown, third-year Lauren Dickson (Austin, Texas) led the Cavaliers with 15 kills, while second-year Sydney Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) tied a career-high with seven blocks.
Second-year Kelly Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) distributed 14 assists, while fourth-year Marlow Bruneau (Lakeville, Minn.) handed out 11.
Third-year Brittani Rendina (Lisle, Ill.) led the defense with 14 digs.
For Georgetown, Jessica Hardy paced the attack with 13 kills. Caitlin Boland collected a double-double of 30 assists and 11 digs, while Victoria Rezin dug 10 attacks.
Midway through the first frame, back-to-back kills from Dickson sparked a 9-2 run for the Cavaliers, pushing them ahead 21-13. Georgetown rallied, but Virginia kept it’s distance before using two consecutive blocks to secure the win, 25-17.
The two squads battled early in the second set until Virginia was able to use three blocks in four points, and a kill from Voelker, to pull ahead 16-10. The Cavaliers never looked back as they cruised to a 25-17 victory.
Set three was neck-in-neck throughout. With an even 25-25 score, Bruneau and Hill combined to block an attack of the Hoyas’, before an attack error gave Virginia the match win, at 27-25.
The tournament concluded the non-conference portion of the Cavaliers’ schedule. Virginia (8-4) will head to Virginia Tech on Tuesday for it’s first Atlantic Coast Conference match. Opening serve is slated for 7 p.m., with the Hokies.