Cavaliers' Rally Falls Short, Drop Three-Set Match at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia volleyball team saw its comeback fall short Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech, as the Cavaliers fell, 0-3 (16-25, 23-25, 23-25), to the Yellow Jackets in O’Keefe Gym. With the win, Tech improves to 17-12 this year and 10-7 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers fall to 13-14 overall and 7-10 in the league.
Eight Cavaliers recorded kills for Virginia, led by nine from junior Simone Asque and seven from freshman McKenzie Adams. Freshman Mallory Woolridge played in the final set for UVa, knocking down four kills in five swings for a match-high .800 attack percentage.
Defensively, senior AJ Cushman led the way with 12 digs, while sophomore Jess O’Shoney earned three blocks.
Redshirt sophomore Beth Wildermuth dished out 17 assists and sophomore Rachel Gray distributed 10.
For Georgia Tech, Monique Mead led the way with a match-high 13 kills, while Bailey Hunter tacked on nine. Jordan McCullers led the defense with 12 digs and Mary Ashley Tippins ran the offense, handing out 39 helpers.
Behind the strong serving of O’Shoney, the Cavaliers opened the first set on a 3-0 run. The Jackets responded though and worked to even the score at four all, before pulling ahead 12-9, forcing Virginia to call a timeout. Georgia Tech maintained its advantage throughout the remainder of the set and finished off the frame on a 4-0 run to earn a 25-16 win.
The Cavaliers switched up their lineup in the second stanza, but Virginia was unable to quiet Mead late in the frame to hold off the Jackets. Despite being down two points, 20-18, Mead landed back-to-back kills for Tech to knot the score at 20. The Cavaliers would not relinquish their lead though, and they worked their advantage back to two, at 22-20. But Mead again answered for the Jackets, sparking a 3-0 run that gave Georgia Tech a 23-22 advantage. A service error on Tech made the score 23-23, before Hunter recorded a kill and ace for the Yellow Jackets, giving them a 25-23 victory.
Despite being down 19-13 in the third set, the Cavaliers rallied to cut their deficit to two, at 20-18. The Jackets responded by extending their lead back to three, at 23-20, but a block from O’Shoney and Trebels, an ace from Cushman and a kill from Adams knotted the score at 23 all for a second-straight set. Back-to-back kills for Georgia Tech secured the match win for the Jackets though, at 25-23.
Virginia will return to action next weekend, heading to Wake Forest and Duke. The Cavaliers will face the Demon Deacons Friday, Nov. 19 and the Blue Devils Saturday, Nov. 20. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.