CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia volleyball (7-17, 3-11 ACC) returns to Memorial Gymnasium for the final homestand of the 2018 season. The Cavaliers will host rival Virginia Tech (14-12, 5-9 ACC) on Friday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. before welcoming Clemson (14-13, 5-9 ACC) on Saturday (Nov. 10) in another 7 p.m. first serve.
Friday night’s match against the Hokies is also part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of the University of Virginia. The match is worth one-half point in the annual point rivalry series between Virginia and Virginia Tech. Learn more about Virginia529 and this competition at TheCommonwealthClash.com.
• Friday night is a Sabre Rewards event with five Sabre points and free chips and queso for students.
• Saturday’s match is Alumni Day at Mem Gym as the Cavaliers recognize the 20th anniversary of the 1998 NCAA Tournament team along with all returning volleyball alumnae.
SET THE EXPECTATION
• Friday night is the first-ever #SetTheExpectation match at Virginia.
• Set The Expectation is a national campaign that raises awareness for sexual assault and physical violence.
• The Virginia volleyball team is using Friday’s match to raise awareness for the campaign and pledge that sexual assault and physical violence are never okay.
• The Cavaliers and Hokies will don special #SetTheExpectation shirts in warmups and the Cavaliers will also wear a special patch on their jerseys along with teal and purple wristbands.
• 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Cavaliers squad that became the first in program history to reach the NCAA Tournament.
• The 1998 club went 26-8 to set the program record for wins and finished 12-4 in the ACC. The Hoos finished second in the league, matching the program’s best finish.
• The Cavaliers advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals and then faced No. 15 UCLA in their first-ever NCAA Tournament match.
VIRGINIA VS. VIRGINIA TECH
• Friday’s Commonwealth Clash marks the 73rd meeting in the series with the Hokies holding a 37-35 edge after sweeping the first meeting of the year.
• Virginia leads the series 20-12 when the two sides meet in Charlottesville.
• The Hokies have now won six straight in the series dating back to 2015.
VIRGINIA VS. CLEMSON
• Virginia and Clemson meet for the 63rd time on Saturday night with the Tigers holding a 40-22 edge in the series after taking a 3-1 victory last week.
• Clemson’s victory last Friday snapped a seven-match winning streak in the series for Virginia.
• Brooke Bailey led the Tigers with 14 kills in the first meeting this season.
• The Cavaliers are 15-13 all-time at home against Clemson, including wins in each of the past four meetings at Mem Gym.
• Junior libero Kelsey Miller (Crestwood, Ky.) set a career high at Georgia Tech with 33 digs in the four-set match.
• The total blew Miller’s previous best of 26 out of the water as she averaged better than eight digs per set.
• Miller is the first Cavalier to record 30 or more digs since Lexi Riccolo in 2014.
• The 33 digs were the most by a Hoo since Emily Rottman racked up 40 in 2012.
• Her 33 digs also made Miller just the 17th Cavalier to ever reach the 1,000 dig plateau.
Virginia plays its final home match of the 2018 season on Friday, Nov. 16, against Georgia Tech. First serve is set for 7 p.m. as the Cavaliers celebrate Senior Day.