Virginia Hosts Georgia Tech and Clemson in Weekend Contests
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After two games on the road, the Virginia volleyball team returns home to host conference-rivals Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend. The Cavaliers are set to face the Yellow Jackets Friday night at 7 p.m., and the Tigers Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Live statistics will be available for both matches on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (6-7, 0-3 ACC) is led by junior Simone Asque and sophomore Jess O’Shoney, who are both ranked among the best in the ACC in two statistical categories. Asque is second in the league in kills (4.12) and aces (0.44) per set, while O’Shoney is second in blocks per set (1.27) and eighth in hitting percentage (.353). Senior AJ Cushman is also ranked, sitting second in digs per set (4.81).
Georgia Tech (7-7, 0-3 ACC) is coming off an 0-2 weekend, where the Yellow Jackets dropped matches to both Duke and Wake Forest. Tech is fourth in the conference for efficiency, holding a .250 team attack percentage. Monique Mead leads league in kills, with 440 kills on the season, while Asia Stawick is third in blocks per set, averaging 1.25 per set.
Clemson (10-4, 1-2 ACC), who edged Georgia Tech in five sets to open conference play, is also coming off back-to-back losses to Duke and Wake Forest. The Tigers lead the league in blocks per set and are ranked fourth nationally in the category. With 154 blocks on the season, Clemson averages 3.08 blocks per set and are led by Alexa Rand, who leads the conference with a 1.53 average.
Virginia trails both schools in the all-time history. In a series that dates back to 1983, Virginia has played Georgia Tech a total of 46 times and holds a 17-29 overall record. The Yellow Jackets have won 12 of the 21 match-ups in Memorial Gym.
Against the Tigers, the Cavaliers trail 14-36. In Charlottesville, the two squads have met 22 times, with Clemson holding a narrow 12-10 advantage over Virginia.
Next weekend, the Cavaliers will head north to play at Boston College and Maryland. Virginia will face the Eagles on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., and the Terrapins on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.