Virginia Drops Three-Set Match to Ball State, 3-0, at VCU Invitational
Box Score Sept. 19, 2014
RICHMOND, Va.-The Virginia volleyball team was defeated by Ball State, 25-23, 25-22 and 26-24, on the first day of the VCU Invitational Friday evening (Sept. 19) at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Virginia (6-4) hit .245 and had 10 service aces, while the Cardinals (6-6) hit .260 with nine aces. Ball State out-dug the Cavaliers, 43-35.
Senior Tori Janowski (Sterling, Va.) served a career-high six aces. It was only the 19th time in program history a Cavalier has served six or more aces in a single match. Janowski also hit .391 with nine kills and nine digs.
Sophomore Jasmine Burton (West Hills, Calif.) added seven kills, while juniors Kayla Sears (Moorpark, Calif.) and Natalie Bausback (Carlsbad, Calif.) had five kills each. Sophomore Karlie Suber (Mechanicsville, Va.) led the team with 11 digs.
The Cavaliers had a 23-22 lead in the first set, but the Cardinals earned three kills in a row to win, 25-23. In the second set, a sophomore Lexi Riccolo (Wheaton, Ill.) serving ace cut the Ball State lead to 23-22, but two Cavalier errors gave BSU the win, 25-23.
In the third set, the Cavaliers earned a set point on a Janowski kill, but Ball State earned a kill followed by two aces from Jenna Spadafora to clinch the match.
The Cardinals had three players with 10 kills, including Hayley Benson, who hit .500 with three blocks.
Virginia returns to action Saturday (Sept. 20) when they conclude the VCU Invitational with matches against East Tennessee State at 1 p.m. and the host Rams at 7 p.m.