Cavaliers Drop Four-Set Decision to North Carolina, 3-1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia Volleyball team dropped its penultimate match of the 2011 season Saturday, falling to North Carolina, 29-27, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, at Memorial Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Cavaliers fell to 10-19 on the season and 4-15 in ACC action, while the Tar Heels improved to 22-8 and 14-5 in conference play.
With 11 kills today, senior Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.) moved into fifth all-time in UVa history with 1,428 career kills.
Junior Jessica O’Shoney (Austin, Texas) hit .400 with nine kills, while junior Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) and freshman Sydney Shelton (Stockton, Calif.) each tallied double-doubles. Wildermuth had 32 assists and 11 digs, while Shelton posted a team-high 16 digs and 10 assists.
In the first set, the Cavaliers fought off three set points, but were unable to break through as North Carolina earned the frame, 29-27, on a Chaniel Nelson kill.
Down 23-21 in the second, the Wahoos tied the score on back-to-back kills, but Nelson answered with a kill and a service ace to give the Tar Heels the set, 25-23.
In the third, the Cavaliers hit .346 while holding the Tar Heels to a .086 hitting percentage on their way to a 25-19 win.
The ‘Hoos outhit North Carolina, .267-.238, but the Tar Heels prevailed, 25-20, with 18 kills in the frame.
Emily McGee led the Tar Heels with 17 kills.
The Cavaliers return to action Friday (Nov. 25) for senior day against Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., at Memorial Gymnasium.