No. 21 Miami Defeats Virginia Volleyball, 3-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia volleyball team dropped a three-set match to No. 21 Miami, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22), Sunday (Sept. 25) at Memorial Gymnasium.
With the loss, Virginia’s record went to 6-7 overall and 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Miami improved to 11-1 (2-1 ACC).
Freshman right side hitter Tori Janowski (Sterling, Va.) finished with 10 kills for Virginia, while junior setter Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) dished out 35 assists and had 10 digs.
Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.) and Mallory Woolridge (Glen Allen, Va.) each added nine kills for UVa.
Both teams hit efficiently in the first set, with Miami attacking at a .389 clip compared to UVa’s .368 hitting percentage. Cavaliers Tori Janowski and Simone Asque each tallied five kills in that first set, but with the score tied at 16-16, Miami closed on a 9-4 run to earn a 25-20 victory.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 15-10 lead in the second set and out-scored the ‘Hoos 10-4 the rest of the way to claim a 25-14 victory. Miami hit .517 in the second set, connecting on 16-of-29 attempts with just one error.
In the third set, the Cavaliers rallied from an early 13-8 deficit to pull within 14-13 on a block by Janowski and Jessica O’Shoney. The Cavaliers continued to battle point-for-point with the Hurricanes, and eventually tied the score at 20-20 on a kill by Mallory Woolridge. The score was tied again at 22-22 when the Hurricanes got back-to-back kills from Emani Sims and Lane Carico to take a 24-22 lead and prompt a UVa timeout. After the break, Janowski sent an attack attempt over the end line to end the match and give Miami the 25-22 third-set victory.
Carico finished with 13 kills and 11 digs for Miami, while Ali Becker chipped in 10 kills.
The Hurricanes out-hit the ‘Hoos, .387 to .257 for the match.
Virginia continues ACC play on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 with road games at Maryland and Boston College.