RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia’s Brooklyn Borum and Alana Walker combined for 26.5 points in the Cavaliers’ four-set loss (25-27, 25-14, 21-25, 20-25) at NC State (7-5, 1-0 ACC) in Reynolds Coliseum Friday night. Walker, a graduate transfer from Northwestern, posted a match-high nine blocks. Her seventh rejection of the evening was the 400th of her career, having totaled 333 blocks during her four-year tenure at Northwestern. Borum, a true freshman outside hitter, notched her third double-double of the season, a team best, after finishing Friday’s contest with a season-high 15 kills and 11 digs.
With the loss, Virginia fell to 7-4 on the season and 0-1 in ACC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia trailed by as many as six points midway through the set, but chipped away to cut the Wolfpack lead to two, 23-21, before NC State signaled for time. Coming out the huddle, the Wolfpack registered set point, but the Cavaliers scored on the next three plays, including their fifth block of the set, to even the score, 24-24. With the score 25-25, NC State orchestrated back-to-back points to win the set, 27-25, and secure a 1-0 lead.
- In the second, the Cavaliers led by one (11-10) before tallying six straight points, a run that was highlighted by Grace Turner behind the service line, who dialed up back-to-back service aces. Virginia continued to extend its lead, closing out the second on a 5-1 run, which ended on back-to-back blocks by Walker.
- Coming out of the break, the Wolfpack tallied five unanswered points, capitalizing on three UVA errors. NC State led by as many as seven in game No. 3, but the Cavaliers shrank their deficit to as little as two later in the set. With the score, 22-20, NC State scored on three of the final four points of the game to win the third, 25-21.
- The fourth and final set saw 10 tied scores and three lead changes. Both teams were knotted, 19-19, before NC State closed out the set on a 6-1 run to win the match and secure its first league win in as many attempts. NC State’s Jada Allen combined for three kills on the Wolfpack’s final five points of the night.
- Virginia posted a season-high 16.0 blocks on the night. Its previous season best was 14.0, which the Cavaliers achieved on two occasions, against Akron (Sept. 3) and at VCU (Sept. 10.).
- The Cavaliers fell to 7-2 on the season when leading their opponents in blocks.
- Virginia held Maryland to a .172 hitting percentage for the match. UVA is now 7-1 this season when holding its opponents to a hitting percentage of less than .200.
- Middle blocker Alana Walker reached the 400 career block milestone with her seventh block of Friday’s match. Walker finished the Friday’s contest with a match-high nine blocks.
- Outside hitter Brooklyn Borum registered her third double-double of the season, a team best, after posting a season-high 15 kills and 11 digs.
- Four Cavaliers in Kristen Leland (13), Grace Turner (12), Maddie Boylston (11) and Borum (11) registered double-digit digs.
- Friday’s contest at NC State marked the first league matchup with Virginia first-year head coach Shannon Wells at the helm.
- Virginia heads west to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels on Sunday.
- First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ACCNX.