Virginia Hosts Wake Forest, Duke in Final Home Matches
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team returns home to Memorial Gymnasium this weekend to take on Wake Forest and Duke in the Cavaliers’ final home matches of the season. Virginia is set to take on the Demon Deacons on Friday and the Blue Devils on Saturday. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m., with live statistics available for each at VirginiaSports.com.
Due to the home football game on Saturday, fans are reminded to park at the Emmet/Ivy garage for the volleyball match that night.
The Cavaliers are coming off a split last weekend on the road, as they fell, 1-3, to North Carolina before defeating NC State, 3-0, to compete the season sweep of the Wolfpack.
Virginia (11-15, 6-9 ACC) is led by sophomore Simone Asque’s 339 kills. Asque is ranked third in the league with 3.68 kills per set, while freshman Rachel Gray has contributed 887 assists. Junior AJ Cushman leads the team defensively with 324 digs and has landed 32 service aces, while freshman Jess O’Shoney has blocked 67 attacks.
Wake Forest (9-17, 7-8 ACC) is coming off an 0-2 week, falling at Miami and Florida State. The Demon Deacons are led by Kadija Fornah, who has 260 kills, while Kelsey Jones has dished out 883 assists. Defensively, Abby Miller has dug 310 attacks and Carlin Salmon has blocked 92.
Duke (7-20, 0-12 ACC) is also coming off a split weekend with a loss to Florida State and a sweep of Miami. Rachael Moss leads the attack with 279 kills. Kellie Catanach has dished out 1023 assists, while Claire Smalzer leads the defense with 322 digs.
In the all-time series with the two schools, Virginia trails Duke, 13-39, while leading Wake Forest, 19-17. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers have faced each other at least once a year since 1982, with Duke leading the early years of the series. The Blue Devils won the first six meetings from 1982-1986 and then another 12-straight from 1989-1995.
Against the Demon Deacons, Virginia dropped six-consecutive matches from 2001-2003, but has turned it around, winning eight of the last 11.
Prior to Virginia’s match against Duke, its three seniors; Lauren Dickson, Tara Hester and Brittani Rendina will be recognized.
Following this weekend, the Cavaliers will head south to face off against Georgia Tech on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Virginia will conclude the weekend with a match against Clemson at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 21.