Aug. 31, 2017
|Virginia at Appalachian State Invitational|
|Date/Time||Friday, Sept. 1 vs. ETSU – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Towson – 10 a.m.
at Appalachian State – 7 p.m.
|Multimedia/Game Info||ETSU Live stats | Towson Live Stats|
|Location||Boone, N.C. | Holmes Convocation Center|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team will make its first road trip of the 2017 season to the Appalachian Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 1-2) in Boone, N.C., at the Holmes Convocation Center.
TRACK THE MATCH
Live stats for this weekend’s matches will be available on VirginiaSports.com. Saturday’s match against Appalachian State will be streamed live with links on VirginiaSports.com.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
UVA will play ETSU on Friday at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Cavaliers will meet Towson at 10 a.m. and take on tournament-host Appalachian State at 7 p.m.
Virginia is 2-1 to begin the season after defeating Hofstra, 3-0, and Liberty, 3-1, before falling to Villanova, 3-1, in the Cavalier Classic.
Sophomores Kelsey Miller (Crestwood, Ky.) and Jelena Novakovic (Belgrade, Serbia) were named to the all-tournament team. Miller paced the back line with 4.18 digs per set and Novakovic totaled 31 kills, with 34 digs and eight blocks.
Freshmen Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) and Alex Spencer (Canton, Ohio) made their collegiate debuts. Billiard was the lone Cavalier to record double-digit kills in all three matches, averaging 3.36 kills per set. Spencer added eight kills, four assists, three aces and 26 digs on the weekend.
ETSU (0-3) is coming off the LUV Preseason-Invitational with losses to Lipscomb, Arizona and Wichita State. Rylee Milhorn leads the team with 29 kills and Mariah McPartland has a team-high 35 digs. This will be the sixth meeting between UVA and ETSU, with the Cavaliers owning a 3-2 advantage. Virginia has won the last three meetings, including a 3-1 win on Sept. 20, 2014
Towson (3-0) took the Western Carolina Tournament to open the 2017 season with wins over Jacksonville State, Western Carolina and Charleston Southern. Jocelyn Kuilan leads the Tigers with 3.82 kills per set and was named the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. Virginia is 4-0 in meetings with Towson. The teams most recently played on Sept. 14, 2004, with UVA taking the 3-1 win.
Appalachian State (2-2) is coming off the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational with wins over UNC-Wilmington and Loyola (Md.), and a loss to Davidson. Emma Longley, Melissa McMath and Kara Spicer are averaging over 3.00 kills per set. Spicer was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Week from the previous tournament. The Cavaliers are 5-0 against the Mountaineers. UVA won the most recent meeting, 3-2, at home on Sept. 5, 2015.
Virginia will return home to host the Jefferson Cup on Sept. 8-9 in Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers will play VCU, Howard and Ohio.