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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team dropped a hard fought match to Georgia Tech Saturday evening, 1-3 (17-25, 25-20, 15-25, 21-25), in Memorial Gymnasium.

Sophomore Simone Asque led the attack, matching a season-high 18 kills, while sophomore Tess Udall chipped in a career-high eight kills. Freshman Rachel Gray dished out 38 helpers and junior AJ Cushman tallied 12 digs. Freshman Jessica O’Shoney knocked down six blocks, while junior Sydney Hill had four.

For Georgia Tech (13-6, 7-2 ACC), Chrissy DeMichelis had 20 kills and Jordan McCullers paced the defense with 14 digs. Mary Ashley Tippens collected a double-double of 49 assists and 12 digs.

Virginia took a 3-1 advantage early in the first set, but Georgia Tech responded with a 4-0 run to take a lead that they held for the rest of the frame. The Yellow Jackets tallied three 3-0 runs in the set, allowing them to capture the victory, 25-17.

The Cavaliers started strong in the second set, taking the first three points of the frame, but the Yellow Jackets’ attack strung together a series of scores, taking the lead 12-10. Virginia countered with a 5-0 run, seizing a 15-12 advantage and went on to win the set, 25-20.

The two squads alternated points early in the third stanza before the Yellow Jackets took command of the frame with a 5-0 run. Georgia Tech held the lead for the remainder of the set, topping the Cavaliers, 25-15.

The Yellow Jackets led for much of the fourth frame. The Cavaliers strung together three points late in the set to pull within one, but it was not enough as Georgia Tech claimed the frame and the match, 25-21.

Virginia (7-13, 2-7 ACC) will return to action next weekend, heading north to face Maryland on Friday and Boston College on Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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