— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) September 2, 2021
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team (2-1) hosts Akron (3-0) and Winthrop (0-3) in the Cavaliers’ first of two home tournaments this season. UVA is set to take on the Zips at 7 p.m. on Friday before challenging the Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
- Both matches are set to stream on ACCNX.
- Live stats will also be provided for both matches and links to both the stream and live stats are available at VirginiaSports.com.
- Fans can also get updates by following Virginia Volleyball’s official Twitter account (@UVAVolleyball).
FULL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|Friday, Sept. 3|
|11:30 a.m.||Winthrop vs. Akron|
|4:30 p.m.||William & Mary vs. Winthrop|
|7 p.m.||Akron at Virginia (ACCNX)|
|Saturday, Sept. 4|
|11:30 a.m.||William & Mary vs. Akron|
|2 p.m.||Winthrop at Virginia (ACCNX)|
PARKING AT MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM
- Fans wishing to attend Virginia volleyball matches in Mem Gym are encouraged to park in Culbreth Road Garage (free), Central Grounds Garage (hourly) or Emmet/Ivy Garage (hourly).
- During normal hours of operation, visitors can now pay for parking at Central Grounds Garage or Emmet/Ivy Garage using the ParkMobile app.
- On Virginia football home game dates, parking for Mem Gym is available via the Central Grounds and Emmy/Ivy parking garages at a per-game price of $15. Culbreth Road Garage is still free of charge on home football game dates.
LAST TIME OUT
- Last weekend, Virginia began its 43rd season by going 2-1 at the Maryland Invite after securing a pair of wins over Hofstra and Central Connecticut State on Aug. 28.
- Cavaliers’ right side hitter Mary Shaffer and outside hitter Grace Turner were named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Shaffer hit .278 and averaged 2.55 kills per set and 0.82 blocks per set, while Turner average a team-best 2.55 kills per set and 0.91 blocks per set and totaled nine service aces (0.82/set).
- Turner set the tone for the Cavaliers from behind the service line as she dialed up five of UVA’s 10 total aces in its four-set win over the Pride.
- Virginia’s upcoming contest against Akron marks just the third meeting between both teams. The Cavaliers own the all-time series, 2-0. Friday’s match will mark the first non-neutral site meeting between the two teams.
- Saturday’s matchup against Winthrop marks the second-ever meeting between UVA and the Eagles. The first and only meeting was on Oct. 18, 1980, when the Eagles defeated Virginia 2-0 (12-15, 13-15).
CAVALIERS WELCOME HEAD COACH SHANNON WELLS
- On April 26, 2021, Virginia Director of Athletics Carla Williams announced the hiring of Shannon Wells as the ninth head volleyball coach in program history.
- Wells came to UVA having spent the last seven seasons at Florida, including the last four seasons in which she served as Associate Head Coach (2017-20).
- While at Florida, Wells guided the Gators to seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and achieved a record of 184-33 (.848).
WELLS’ WINTHROP CONNECTION
- Wells served as an assistant coach on Winthrop’s coaching staff from 2007-09.
- In her three seasons at WU, Wells helped lead the Eagles to a 20-win season and a share of the Big South Conference regular-season title in 2007 after going 11-1 in conference place.
- Wells also mentored the 2007 Big South Player of the Year Shannon Sitzman.
- In 2009, Wells and the Eagles finished 19-11 overall and 11-5 in Big South play while producing yet another Big South Player of the Year selection in Kelley Taylor.