Cavaliers Close Out Homestand Hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team concludes its four-match homestand this weekend, hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers will face the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Georgia Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. Live statistics will be available on VirginiaSports.com for both matches.
Virginia (7-11, 2-5 ACC) enters the match coming off a weekend split with NC State and North Carolina. The Cavaliers swept the Wolfpack, before dropping a three-set match to the Tar Heels.
The Cavaliers are led by sophomore Simone Asque, who has tallied 202 kills, while junior AJ Cushman paces the defense with 234 digs. Freshman Jessica O’Shoney has a team-high 47 blocks and classmate Rachel Gray has dished out 579 assists.
Clemson (13-5, 4-3 ACC) brings a two-match win streak into the weekend as the Tigers swept Boston College and Maryland at home last weekend. Clemson is led this season by Lia Proctor’s 247 kills, in addition to Alexa Rand’s .428 attack percentage and league leading 1.44 blocks per set. Digem Ege leads the back line with 328 digs, while Kelsey Murphy paces the attack with 713 assists.
In the all-time series with the Tigers, the Cavaliers trail, 14-34. In Charlottesville, the two squads have met 21 times, with Clemson holding a narrow 11-10 advantage over Virginia.
Georgia Tech (12-5, 6-1 ACC) has only dropped a conference match to Miami this season and is led by Bailey Hunter, who has landed 227 kills. Mary Ashley Tippins leads the conference in assists, dishing out 11.27 per set, while Jordan McCullers has collected 254 digs.
In a series that dates back to 1983, Virginia has played Georgia Tech a total of 44 times and holds a 17-27 all-time record. The Yellow Jackets have won 11 of the 20 match-ups in Mem Gym.
Up next, Virginia will head on the road to face Maryland (Fri., Oct. 23) and Boston College (Sat., Oct. 24).