Virginia Heads South to Take on Georgia Tech, Clemson
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team opens the final portion of its schedule with road contests at Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend. The Cavaliers are set to take on the Yellow Jackets on Friday and the Tigers on Saturday. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m., with live statistics available for each at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers split their final home matches last weekend, topping Wake Forest, 3-1, before dropping a match to Duke in four sets Saturday on Senior Night.
Virginia (12-16, 7-10 ACC) is led by sophomore Simone Asque’s 380 kills. Asque is ranked second in the league with 3.80 kills per set, while freshman Rachel Gray has contributed 981 assists. Junior AJ Cushman leads the team defensively with 351 digs and has landed 35 service aces, while freshman Jess O’Shoney has blocked 73 attacks.
Georgia Tech (18-9, 12-5 ACC) is coming off an 0-2 week, falling at Miami and Florida State. Bailey Hunter leads the Yellow Jackets with 336 kills, while Mary Ashley Tippins has dished out 1,158 assists. Defensively, Jordan McCullers has dug 406 attacks and Asia Stawicka has blocked 108.
In a series that dates back to 1983, Virginia has played Georgia Tech a total of 45 times and holds a 17-28 all-time record. The Yellow Jackets have won 16 of the 25 match-ups in O’Keefe Gym.
Clemson (21-8, 11-6 ACC) is coming off a split weekend with a loss to Florida State and a sweep of Miami. Lia Proctor leads the attack with 413 kills. Kelsey Murphy has dished out 1154 assists, while Didem Ege leads the defense with 537 digs.
In the all-time series with the Tigers, the Cavaliers trail, 14-35. In Clemson, S.C., the two squads have met 28 times, with Clemson holding a 24-4 advantage over Virginia.
Following this weekend, the Cavaliers will close out the season in Blacksburg, Va., facing instate-rival Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.