Virginia Earns Second Win of Weekend with Comeback over Maryland
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia volleyball team came from behind to defeat ACC rival Maryland, 14-25, 25-23, 25-21, 30-28, Saturday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
With its second win in as many days, the Cavaliers improved to 10-17 on the season and 4-13 in ACC action, while the Terrapins fell to a 9-20 mark and 3-14 in conference play.
“Our team has shown a lot of resiliency this weekend,” head coach Lee Maes. “It’s nice to come home and play good volleyball. There are some things we still need to work on, but we appreciated their effort, stuck to the game plan and believed in each other.”
Senior Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.) led the ‘Hoos with a .438 hitting percentage and 17 kills, while sophomore Emily Rottman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) posted a double-double with 14 digs and 11 kills. Junior Jessica O’Shoney (Austin, Texas) and freshman Tori Janowski (Sterling, Va.) each tallied 13 kills.
With her third assist tonight, junior Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) moved into sixth all-time in career assists at UVa. She posted a double-double with 42 assists and 15 digs and currently has 1910 career assists.
Maryland took the first set, 25-14, after hitting .414 and serving six aces, while the Cavaliers hit .188 with only one ace.
The Wahoos built a lead of 21-15 in the second before the Terps earned three in a row to force a UVa timeout. Out of the timeout, Maryland continued its run and took the lead at 22-21 when Virginia called its second timeout.
After a service ace by Maryland’s Sarah Harper gave the Terps a 23-21 lead, the Cavaliers earned four straight points, including three kills by Asque to win the set 25-23.
The third set was tied at 14 when Virginia earned four out of five points to force a Terrapin timeout and went on to win 25-21. Maryland fought off two set points before the ‘Hoos ended the frame on an O’Shoney kill.
In the fourth set, Maryland had built a 24-18 lead, but the ‘Hoos earned six straight points off of Janowski’s serve to take a 25-24 lead. The teams exchanged set points before Janowski finished the match with a kill to give the Wahoos a 30-28 win.
Mary Cushman had a game-high 21 kills with 16 digs to lead Maryland.
The Cavaliers return to action next weekend when they face NC State on Friday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m., and North Carolina on Saturday (Nov. 19) at 7 p.m., at Memorial Gymnasium.