BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech (4-1, 3-1 ACC) used a strong serve to earn a 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, win over Virginia (1-3, 0-3 ACC) on Sunday evening (Oct. 18).
Virginia out-hit Virginia Tech .173-.167 on the night but nine Hokie aces and 10 Cavalier service errors proved enough to flip the script. Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) and Jayna Francis (Virginia Beach, Va.) co-led Virginia with 12 kills each. Alex Spencer (North Canton, Ohio) set a career high with 27 digs in the loss.
Virginia Tech was paced by 17 kills from Kaity Smith and another 13 from Marisa Cerchio.
SET 1: Virginia Tech 25-21
Virginia out-hit Virginia Tech in the opening set but the Cavaliers were aced four times which proved to be the difference. The Hokies built an early advantage behind their four service aces, racing to a 13-8 lead. The gap widened to 21-14 in favor of Virginia Tech before the Cavaliers made a run.
Freshman Laila Rogers (Rockville, Md.) recorded a kill to spark a 5-0 run while Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.) jumped in on a pair of block assists to cap the run and pull Virginia within 21-19. The Hokies responded out of a timeout, however, closing the set 25-21.
SET 2: Virginia Tech 25-15
After a tight battle to 10-9 in the frame, Virginia Tech used a 5-0 run powered by a pair of Smith kills to open a 15-9 advantage at the media timeout. The Hokies continued to enlarge their lead, eventually growing it to 22-12 on a 3-0 run.
The Cavaliers recorded just six kills, hitting .033, in a 25-15 loss.
SET 3: Virginia 25-18
Virginia floored its first six swings of the set to build a 7-2 lead. The Hokies pulled within 8-6 but Virginia went on another 7-2 run to lead 15-8 at the media timeout. The Cavaliers never looked back, using five kills each from Billiard and Francis to cruise to a 25-18 win.
Virginia held the Hokies to just .032 in attack, as Alex Spencer (North Canton, Ohio) racked up six digs in the frame.
SET 4: Virginia Tech 25-22
Virginia Tech capitalized on early service errors from the Cavaliers to build an 11-8 advantage. After a timeout, Virginia reeled off three-straight points to tie the set. The Hokies answered with a 4-1 run sparked by a service ace to rebuild a 15-12 advantage.
Virginia would rally once again, using a 3-0 run keyed by a Matthews and Billiard rejection to draw even at 20-20. A trio of late Cavalier errors proved costly, however, as Virginia Tech closed the match with a 25-22 win on Virginia’s 10th service error on the night.
- Matthews and Grace Turner (Cincinnati, Ohio) each recorded eight kills
- Rogers, a freshman, added six kills while hitting .333 in her second match
- Megan Wilson (Brookeville, Md.) finished with 28 assists
Virginia returns home to host NC State on October 23 and 24 inside Memorial Gymnasium.