CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Despite trailing 22-19 late in the third, the Virginia volleyball team (6-3) fought back to earn its second victory of the day in 3-0 fashion after defeating Georgetown, 25-11, 25-19, 26-24, Friday evening in Memorial Gymnasium. With the win and under the direction of first-year head coach Shannon Wells, the Cavaliers are off to their best start since 2015. For the second straight match, Cavaliers right side hitter Mary Shaffer posted double-digit kills after tallying a match-high 10 kills, while hitting .500.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia dominated the opening set, 25-11, in large part due to the Cavaliers’ 14-2 run to open the match. Shaffer put down all four balls set her way, while outside hitter Brooklyn Borum and middle blocker Alana Walker also posted three kills each in game No. 1.
- In the second, the Cavaliers led by six (13-7) midway through the set. Virginia would lead by as many as eight (23-15) before taking the set, 25-19, and a 2-0 lead heading into the break. UVA outside hitter Grace Turner posted four of her nine kills in the second frame.
- Late in the third, the Cavaliers found themselves trailing, 22-19, before a 3-0 UVA run tied the game, 22-22. The Hoyas had set point, but Shaffer’s tenth kill of the match tied the set, 24-24, and gave UVA some breathing room. Then, Shaffer and middle blocker Abby Tadder teamed up for a block on the right side of the court to take a one-point lead, 25-24. On the very next play, the presence of Virginia front row forced the Georgetown attacker to sail the ball long and out of bounds, handing Virginia its second 3-0 victory of the day.
- With an overall record of 6-3, Virginia is off to its best start since 2015.
- For the second time of the day, Virginia won a set by a margin of 25-11, having done so in set No. 2 of its sweep over Bellarmine and in game No. 1 against the Hoyas.
- Also, for the second time of the day, Cavaliers’ right side hitter Mary Shaffer registered double-digit kills. The sophomore had 14 kills against Bellarmine Friday afternoon and 10 kills against the Hoyas in Friday’s nightcap.
- As a team, the Cavaliers have now recorded doubled-digit blocks in six of its first nine contests and are 6-0 when doing so.
- Virginia rounds out non-conference action on Saturday in Mem Gym at 2 p.m. as it plays host to Fairleigh Dickinson (5-7).
- Saturday’s contest against the Knights is set to stream on ACCNX.