CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia volleyball team (7-3) swept its third opponent of the weekend after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (5-8), 25-15, 25-20, 25-17, Saturday afternoon in Mem Gym. Virginia finished the weekend undefeated and won its second and final tournament of the 2021 regular season. Virginia right side hitter Mary Shaffer was named Tournament MVP, while outside hitter Brooklyn Borum also nabbed All-Tournament honors.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia led 11-10 early in the first before registering seven unanswered points. The Cavaliers capped off the opening set with another three unanswered points to win game No. 1, 25-15. Borum and Shaffer tallied five kills each in the set.
- In the second, the Cavaliers were able to withstand a 6-0 run by FDU, which tied the game, 18-18. Then, Virginia orchestrated a 5-0 run of its own to take a 23-18 lead before ultimately winning the set, 25-20.
- Borum posted six of her match-high 14 kills in the third. Virginia grasped a 16-9 lead midway through the set and never looked back. Borum fittingly sent a ball to the floor as the Hoos had match point to end the set and match.
- Virginia swept all three of its opponents this weekend to win its final tournament of the 2021 regular season.
- With an overall record of 7-3, Virginia is off to its best start since 2015.
- Cavaliers’ right side hitter Mary Shaffer was named Tournament MVP, while outside hitter Brooklyn Borum was tabbed an All-Tournament selection.
- For the tournament, Shaffer averaged a team-best 3.89 kills per set, while hitting .476, and 1.00 blocks per set. Borum averaged 3.33 kills per set, while hitting .222, and 3.11 digs per set.
- Borum (14) and Shaffer (11) combined for 25 of the Cavaliers’ 48 kills in Saturday’s contest against the Knights, good for one more kill than FDU’s total as a team.
- Virginia begins ACC play next weekend on the road.
- The Cavaliers travel to NC State (6-5) on Friday (Sept. 24) for a 7 p.m. contest before heading to North Carolina (10-0) on Sunday (Sept. 26) for a 1 p.m. first serve.
- #5 Anna Lococo, Bellarmine
- #11 Bailey Venard, Bellarmine
- #19 Miriam Stingl, Fairleigh Dickinson
- #2 Jessi Cusi, Georgetown
- #2 Brooklyn Borum, Virginia
- #14 Mary Shaffer, Virginia – Tournament MVP