COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In its first match under the direction of first-year Head Coach Shannon Wells, the Virginia volleyball team (0-1) fell, 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25), in its 2021 season opener against Maryland (1-0) at XFINITY Center Pavilion Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the score tied 20-20 in the opening set, the Terrapins closed out the first on a 5-1 run to take an early 1-0 lead. Six Cavalier service errors also proved costly in game No. 1.
- Virginia registered points on two of the last three points in game No. 2 to even the match, 1-1. UVA won a tightly-contested second set, 25-23, after outhitting the Terrapins .250 to .207.
- After Maryland jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third, UVA fought back to tie the set, 18-18, on a service ace. With the score tied, 19-19, the Terrapins registered the final six points of the set to win it, 25-19.
- A 4-0 run by the Terrapins in the fourth proved to be the difference in the fourth, which Maryland won, 25-22.
- With the loss, UVA fell to 26-17 all-time in regular-season openers.
- The match between the Cavaliers and Maryland was the first since 2013, when the Terrapins were still a member of the ACC.
- In her career debut as a Cavalier, Ashley Le was one dig shy of a double-double. Le finished Friday’s contest with team-high 19 assists and nine digs.
- Offensively, the Hoos were led by outside hitter Grace Turner, who posted 13 kills and hit .263, adding four blocks and five digs.
- In her first career, sophomore right side hitter Mary Shaffer registered nine kills on 27 swings. Shaffer appeared in just two matches and played in three sets during her freshman campaign.
- Virginia returns to action at the Maryland Invite on Saturday to face Hofstra at 10:30 a.m. before taking on Central Connecticut State in the first-ever meeting between the two teams at 4:30 p.m.
- Both matches are set to stream on B1G Network+.