Virginia Downs Virginia Tech in ACC Opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team extended its home win streak Friday evening to four-straight matches by defeating conference-foe Virginia Tech, 3-1 (29-27, 25-19, 22-25, 11-25) in Memorial Gymnasium on the first day of the Marriott Cavalier Invitational. The win moves Virginia to 6-4 on the season and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and keeps the Cavaliers undefeated at home this season with a 4-0 mark. The loss was the first for Virginia’s in-state rival, as the Hokies fall to 9-1 this year and 0-1 in the league.
Sophomore Simone Asque led all players with 16 kills, while senior Lauren Dickson knocked down 15 kills and freshman Tobi Farrar had a personal-best 10 kills. Junior Sydney Hill hit a personal-best .636, landing seven kills on 11 attempts, while committing zero errors.
Defensively, junior AJ Cushman led all players with 19 digs and freshman Jessica O’Shoney and Asque contributed four blocks each.
For Virginia Tech, Justine Record led the way with 13 kills, while Erin Leaser collected a double-double of 38 assists and 11 digs. Jill Gergen had 13 digs.
In a battle of a first frame, it was the Cavaliers that prevailed. Led by Asque’s eight kills on 16 swings and no errors, Virginia was able to maintain the advantage throughout the later portion of the match after the Hokies forced extra points. It wasn’t until an even score of 27-27, though, that the Cavaliers were able to string together two-consecutive points, a kill from Farrar followed by a kill from Dickson, to win the set, 29-27.
Behind a 12-2 run in favor of the Cavaliers late in the second set, Virginia was able to come-from-behind, 13-17, and following a service ace from Dickson, end the frame on top, 25-19.
The Cavaliers looked to have carried the momentum into the third frame, but the Hokies nipped Virginia’s chance to sweep the match, as Tech landed a service ace to break open a 22-22 score and finish the set on a 4-0 run, taking a 25-22 victory.
O’Shoney knocked down a kill to get the fourth frame rolling and Dickson followed that up with another kill, as Virginia cruised to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Virginia extended its lead to 11, by 16-5, and went on to win 25-11 for the 3-1 match win.
Virginia will be back in action tomorrow, facing Villanova at 1 p.m. and Albany in the tournament finale at 7 p.m.