COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Shannon Wells secured her first victory as Virginia volleyball head coach on Saturday afternoon as the Cavaliers (1-1) swept Hofstra (1-1), 25-16, 25-14, 25-22, at Xfinity Center Pavilion. Virginia was stout from behind the service line, finishing Saturday’s first-of-two contests with 10 service aces, including five from outside hitter Grace Turner. Turner also posted a match-high 11 kills along with five digs and two blocks, while hitting .222.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Cavaliers secured an 18-11 lead before scoring five of the last six points of the first. For the set, UVA hit .348 and tallied five service aces. Turner notched five kills on eight swings along with a pair of aces in the opening set.
- In game No. 2, the score was tied 11-11 before the Cavaliers orchestrated an 11-0 run to double its lead, 22-11. UVA went on to win the set 25-14 after tailing five aces for the second straight set.
- Virginia trailed by as many as five (14-9) mid-way through the third and trailed 20-17 later in the set, but a 6-0 Virginia run shifted the momentum in UVA’s favor. Right side hitter Mary Shaffer was clutch toward the end of the set, registering a block assist to break a 20-20 tie and came up with a pair kills to end the match.
- Virginia extended its winning streak against Hofstra to three straight matches, a streak that dates back to Oct. 17, 1992. The Hoos are now 3-7 all-time against the Pride.
- Virginia improved to 3-3 in matches immediately following a loss in its season opener since the implementation of the rally-scoring format (2001).
- Virginia’s 10 service aces are the most any UVA team since Sept. 27, 2019, when the Hoos notched 13 aces against Virginia Tech.
- Turner’s five service aces are the most by a Cavalier since Kelsey Miller & Jelena Novakovic tallied five each against Virginia Tech on Sept. 27, 2019.
- Middle blocker Alana Walker finished with a match-high seven blocks, four of which occurred in set No. 2.
- Freshman outside hitter Brooklyn Borum earned her first career start. Borum concluded Saturday’s opening match with six kills, five digs, two aces and two blocks
- Virginia returns to action at the Maryland Invite on Saturday to face Central Connecticut State (0-1) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
- Saturday’s contest against the Blue Devils is slated to stream on B1G Network+ at 4:30 p.m.