CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia volleyball team (8-6, 1-3 ACC) lost in three sets, 17-25, 23-25, 20-25, to Duke (11-4, 2-2 ACC) inside Memorial Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers were led by Brooklyn Borum, who tied for a match-high nine kills on 31 swings and added a team-high seven digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Despite three consecutive UVA service errors to start the match, UVA led 9-7 early on. An 11-2 Duke run in the middle of the set gave the Blue Devils an 18-11 lead. Duke closed out the first by winning back-to-back points. Thirteen Blue Devil kills contrasted with UVA’s six and proved to be the difference in set No. 1.
- In the second, Duke took a 21-20 lead amid a 5-0 run. After trailing 23-20, UVA tied evened the frame, 23-23, on a Duke service error followed by an Alana Walker block and kill, respectively, before Duke signaled for a timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Blue Devils registered back-to-back kills to win the second, 25-23.
- Neither team led by more than three points for the majority of the third until three unanswered Duke points extended its lead to 22-18. Two kills and a block secured the set, 25-20, and sweep for the Blue Devils. Borum posted four of her nine kills in game No. 3.
- Sunday’s contest was the first ACC home match under the direction of head coach Shannon Wells.
- For just the third time this season, the Cavaliers were out-blocked by their opponent as Duke posted nine rejections to UVA’s eight.
- Not a single player on either team registered double-digit kills in Sunday’s match.
- Virginia returns to action in Mem Gym next weekend for a pair of matches against No. 18 Georgia Tech (11-2, 2-1 ACC) and Clemson (10-4, 2-1 ACC).
- UVA will play host to the Yellow Jackets on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Tigers on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Both matches are slated to stream on ACCNX.