Virginia Hosts No. 23 Florida State and No. 21 Miami This Weekend at Mem Gym
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia volleyball team hosts two ranked opponents this weekend at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers welcome No. 23 Florida State on Friday (Sept. 23) at 7 p.m., followed by No. 21 Miami on Sunday (Sept. 25) at 12:30 p.m.
Single-match general admission tickets are $5. Youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission tickets are $4 and group tickets (20 or more) are $3 per ticket. Fans can order tickets online at VirginiaSports.com and by phone through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (8821). Tickets are also available at the gate beginning one hour prior to the start of each match.
Game-day parking for volleyball matches is available free of charge at the Culbreth Road Garage, located behind Carr’s Hill Field. Limited parking is available at the Central Grounds Garage (hourly rates apply).
Virginia (6-5, 0-1 ACC) is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after back-to-back 3-1 setbacks against Virginia Tech and Connecticut last weekend in Blacksburg, Va.
Senior outside hitter Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.) continues to lead the ‘Hoos offensively, averaging 3.82 kills per set. That average ranks her third in the ACC. She also leads the team in service aces (11).
Junior middle blocker Jessica O’Shoney (Austin, Texas) is second on the team with 2.89 kills per set and her .379 hitting percentage ranks fifth in the league. She is also the only Cavalier to average at least 1.0 blocks per game and has a team-best 38 total blocks on the season.
Junior setter Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) ranks fifth in the ACC by averaging 10.24 assists per game, while sophomore libero Emily Rottman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) leads the team and ranks tied for fourth in the conference by averaging 4.58 digs per set.
Florida State, ranked No. 23 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association top 25, has an overall record of 7-4 and a 1-0 mark in league play after defeating Miami, 3-0, in Tallahassee in its ACC opener.
Seminole blocker Ashley Neff leads the ACC and averages 1.5 blocks per game, while Florida State is hitting .286 which ranks second amongst ACC teams.
Virginia trails the all-time series with Florida State, 14-29, but had a historic 3-2 win over the Seminoles last season in Charlottesville. The win was Virginia head coach Lee Maes’ first over a nationally ranked opponent and the second-ever (first since 1996) for UVa.
Miami (9-1, 0-1 ACC) is tied for No. 21 in the national rankings. The Hurricanes will face Virginia Tech on Friday night before traveling to Mem Gym for Sunday’s match.
Miami leads the league in digs per game (19.00 per game) and ranks third in kills per set (14.15 per game).
Virginia holds a slim advantage in the all-time series with Miami, 8-5. In the teams’ last meeting Virginia came away with a 3-1 victory at home in October 2010.
Following this weekend’s matches, Virginia continues ACC play on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 with road games at Maryland and Boston College.