CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (11-16, 3-11 ACC) hits the road for a pair of ACC matches as the Cavaliers take on Wake Forest (11-14, 1-13 ACC) and Clemson (10-15, 4-10 ACC) over the weekend.
Virginia meets Wake Forest on Friday (Nov. 15) for a 6 p.m. first serve. The Cavaliers will then continue to Clemson for a noon matchup on Sunday (Nov. 17).
Both matches will air on ACCNX. ACCNX streams via the ESPN App and is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network. Links to the live streams are available on VirginiaSports.com.
Live stats will also be available for both matches.
FINDING THE ATTACK
Since altering its lineup, Virginia has hit .248 or better in four consecutive matches. The Cavaliers have committed no more than 15 errors in those four matches and have floored 40 or more kills in three of them.
In the past four matches, Virginia has hit .281 as a team. The best performance came in a .319 day against Wake Forest on Nov. 3. The Cavaliers fell just short of the .300 mark with a .299 hitting performance against Clemson last Friday.
LAST TIME VS. WAKE
Virginia is hoping to replicate its performance from just two weeks ago against the Demon Deacons when the Cavaliers captured a four-set victory. After Wake Forest took a 25-21 opening set, Virginia hit .378 in the final three sets to storm back for the win.
Three Cavaliers, Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.), Jayna Francis (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.), finished in double figures. Billiard and Francis each had 11 kills while Matthews pummeled the Demon Deacons from the middle with 10 terminations and a .556 hitting percentage.
LAST TIME VS. CLEMSON
Virginia and Clemson meet for the second time in nine days on Sunday. The Cavaliers rolled past the Tigers in straight sets last Friday night in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers came out hot, flooring 22 kills in the first set. Virginia hit .459 in the opening frame. Francis again led Virginia with 11 kills.
OUTSIDES ON THE ATTACK
In the past four matches, Virginia outside hitters Francis and Billiard have combined for 77 kills and a .241 hitting percentage. Both players have 10 or more kills in each of the past three matches.
In addition, the pair have combined for 15 blocks in the same time frame. Billiard has had two solo blocks in consecutive matches heading into the weekend. The result has been a 2.62 blocks per set average for Virginia.
Virginia returns home to celebrate Senior Day on Friday (Nov. 22) against Boston College.