Virginia To Face Three Opponents On The Road This Weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE – After six home contests to open the 2011 season, the Virginia volleyball team hits the road for the first time to compete at Ohio University’s tournament this weekend in Athens, Ohio. The Cavaliers are scheduled to face Marshall (Friday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m.), Louisville (Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.) and the host Bobcats (Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.).
Live statistics will be available for all matches of the tournament at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (4-2) had back-to-back 2-1 weekends to open the season, finishing second in its own Marriott Cavalier Classic and Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup.
Senior Simone Asque, named to the all-tournament team at the Jefferson Cup, leads the team by averaging 3.6 kills per set. The Chicago, Ill., native continues to climb Virginia’s all-time list for career kills, and enters this weekend with 1,107. With five kills, she will surpass ninth-place Shannon Davis (1,111 kills) on UVa’s all-time list.
Junior Jessica O’Shoney, a Cavalier Classic all-tournament team selection, leads UVa and ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .414 hitting percentage. The middle blocker also has 12 blocks on the year (0.6 per set) which ranks second on the team to fellow middle blocker and sophomore Mallory Woolridge’s 14 blocks (0.7 per set).
Sophomore Emily Rottman continues to be rock solid at the libero position, and ranks fourth in the conference by averaging 4.6 digs per game.
Cavalier head coach Lee Maes needs three victories to hit the 50-win mark for his career as a head coach.
Marshall (1-4) is led offensively by Laura Der, who averages 3.0 kills per set. The Cavaliers hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series with Marshall.
Louisville (5-2) is coming off a 3-0 loss to in-state rival Kentucky and is led by Lola Arslanbekova (4.33 kills per set). The Cardinals are receiving votes in the Sept. 5 AVCA Coaches Poll. UVa is 0-2 all-time vs. Louisville.
Ohio is 3-3 on the year and has two players (Kelly Lamberti and Katie Post) who average more than two kills per set. UVa is 1-1 in the all-time series with Ohio.
Following this weekend, the Cavaliers stay on the road and travel to Virginia Tech for their first conference match on Sept. 16. On Sept. 17, UVa will face UConn in Blacksburg, Va., before returning home for its ACC home opener vs. Florida State on Sept. 23.