CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For a second-consecutive night in Memorial Gymnasium, Virginia (1-5, 0-5 ACC) dropped a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18) decision to NC State (2-4, 2-4 ACC) on Saturday (Oct. 24).
Junior Milla Ciprian (St. John’s, Fla.) led Virginia with 13 kills, hitting .355 in the loss. She added eight blocks to lead the Cavaliers to 13 blocks as a team, their best effort of the season. Redshirt sophomore Grace Turner (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 13 kills and 11 digs to record a double-double.
Jade Parchment led NC State with 15 kills in the win. Melissa Evans added 13 and Lydia Adam added 10 as the trio finished in double figures for the second night in-a-row.
SET 1: Virginia 26-24
Three blocks helped Virginia maintain pace early, building a 9-8 lead to open the match. NC State answered with a 4-0 run sparked by a Wolfpack ace. NC State maintained its advantage to 22-19 before Virginia mounted a late rally. Back-to-back kills from Ciprian and Billiard gave Virginia the narrow win.
The Cavaliers used a 3-0 run, capped by a rejection from senior Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) and sophomore Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.) to draw even at 22-all.
SET 2: NC State 25-21
NC State opened an early 6-2 lead behind two Parchment kills. The Wolfpack hit .348 into the media timeout to extend its lead to 15-9. Down 17-11, Virginia mounted an 8-1 run led by four kills and two blocks from Ciprian to take a 19-18 lead.
NC State responded with a 7-2 run to close the set. Pam Chukwujekwu sparked the Wolfpack with two blocks and a kill in the decisive run.
SET 3: NC State 25-21
Four service errors from Virginia and a pair of Pack aces kept the set tight and gave NC State a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. A 3-1 NC State run built the lead to 23-19 but Virginia scored the next two points to close within 23-21 and force a Pack timeout. NC State closed the frame with a Parchment kill and ace to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
SET 4: NC State 25-18
Five attack errors and three service errors by Virginia helped NC State build a 15-10 lead at the media timeout. Back-to-back Wolfpack blocks extended the advantage to 18-12. A 3-0 Virginia run closed the gap to 20-15, but it was too little, too late, as NC State earned the 3-1 win.
- Megan Wilson (Brookeville, Md.) moved into sixth on Virginia’s all-time assist list with her season-high 47 assists
- Libero Alex Spencer (North Canton, Ohio) matched her career high with 27 digs for the second time in three matches
- Freshman Madison Morey (Marietta, Ga.) picked up 12 digs
- Billiard tallied 11 kills and three service aces
Virginia will play three matches in three days next weekend as the Cavaliers travel to Duke on Friday (Oct. 30) before playing at North Carolina the following two days.