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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-1) returns to the court for three matches at the Rutgers Invitational this weekend. The Cavaliers will face Princeton (0-0) and Towson (3-0) on Friday (Sept. 6) before challenging host Rutgers (0-3) on Saturday (Sept. 7).
Friday, Sept. 6 
1 p.m. – vs. Princeton
7 p.m. – vs. Towson
Saturday, Sept. 7
2 p.m. – at Rutgers
Fans can watch Virginia take on Rutgers Saturday afternoon on BTN Plus. A link to the broadcast is available on along with links to live stats for all three matches.
Virginia is 0-5 all-time against Princeton, the Cavaliers’ first opponent at the Rutgers Invitational. The two teams have not met, however, in 34 years (1985).
The Cavaliers are 4-1 all-time against Towson, but the Tigers claimed the most recent matchup in 2017.
Virginia is a perfect 4-0 against Rutgers. Saturday’s meeting is the first in the series since 1991.
Virginia opened the 2019 season by hosting the Cavalier Classic. The Cavaliers earned a pair of wins in the first two matches, defeating Furman and Loyola (MD), before falling in the finale against Coastal Carolina.
Sophomore Grace Turner (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced Virginia, averaging 3.63 kills per set on the weekend. She floored a career-high 21 kills in the Cavaliers’ win over Furman. Defensively, Milla Ciprian (St. John’s, Fla.) racked up 18 blocks in the three matches while Kelsey Miller (Crestwood, Ky.) led the Hoos with 41 digs for a 4.10 digs per set average.
All five of Virginia’s freshmen made their collegiate debuts on opening weekend. Jayna Francis (Virginia Beach, Va.), Simone Dominique (San Marino, Calif.) and Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.) all recorded their first collegiate kills in the Cavalier Classic. Francis led the first-years with five kills.
Running as part of Virginia’s 6-2, setter Maddie Boylston (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) dished out 28 assists in seven sets of action. The Cavaliers hit .412 off of sets from the rookie.
On the defensive side, freshman Josi Williams (Leesburg, Va.) saw action in a pair of sets. She was primarily used as a server and serve-receive specialist.
Following the Rutgers Invitational, Virginia returns home for a Tuesday (Sept. 10) night matchup against Liberty.