Cavaliers Head to Wake Forest and Duke for Final ACC Weekend Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team will head to Wake Forest and Duke for its last weekend series of the season. The Cavaliers are scheduled to take on the Demon Deacons Friday night, before facing the Blue Devils Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m., with live statistics available at VirginiaSports.com.
Earlier this season, the Cavaliers dropped matches to both Wake Forest and Duke in Memorial Gymnasium. Virginia fell to Duke, 3-0, before Wake Forest topped the Cavaliers in four sets.
Virginia enters the weekend with an overall record of 13-14 and a 7-10 mark in conference play. In UVa’s last outing, junior Simone Asque became the 15th Cavalier to reach 1,000 career kills. The outside hitter leads the team and is ranked second in the ACC with 3.99 kills per set and is also third in aces (0.32). Sophomore Jess O’Shoney helps anchor the front line, ranking fifth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.356) and eighth in blocks per set (1.07). Defensively, senior AJ Cushman leads the team with 4.93 digs per set – the second-best mark in the ACC.
Wake Forest enters the weekend with an overall record of 15-10 and an 8-7 mark in the ACC. Kadija Fornah leads the Demon Deacons with 3.14 kills per set, while Megan Thornberry is averaging 4.40 digs per game. Kelsey Jones paces the attack with 832 assists.
The Cavaliers hold a slight advantage in the all-time series with the Demon Deacons, 20-18. When playing on the road though, UVa trails, 10-8.
Duke sits at the top of the conference standings heading into this weekend with an overall record of 21-4 and a 13-2 mark in league play. Christiana Gray leads the ACC in efficiency, hitting .396, while Kellie Catanach tops the league with 11.24 assists per set. Ali McCurdy leads the defense and is ranked third in the ACC with 4.90 digs per set.
In the all-time series with the Blue Devils, Duke leads, 40-13. The Blue Devils are the lone conference opponent that no one on UVa’s roster has defeated, as the Cavaliers’ last win over Duke came at home in 2005. When playing in Durham, N.C., the Blue Devils have won 18 of 22 contests.
Following the weekend, the Cavaliers will close out their regular season with a match at Virginia Tech on Friday, Nov. 26. Opening serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.