CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Georgia Tech’s Julia Bergmann posted a match-high 18 kills and nine digs as Virginia (8-7, 1-4 ACC) fell in three sets (19-25, 18-25, 8-25) to the 18th-ranked Yellow Jackets inside Memorial Gymnasium Friday evening. The Cavaliers were led by Jayna Francis, who posted seven kills on 16 swings and added one block.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead after winning the first, 25-19. Six UVA service errors proved to be costly. Bergmann, a First Team All-ACC selection last season, notched eight kills of her 18 kills in the opening set on 12 swings. UVA trailed 19-23, but its comeback effort was cut short after back-to-back Yellow Jacket points ended the set.
- Virginia trailed by as many as 10 points on two occasions in large due seven unanswered Yellow Jacket points early in the set. The Cavaliers gradually chipped away at Tech’s lead, but ultimately not fast enough as the Yellow Jackets won game No. 2, 25-18. UVA starting libero Kristen Leland notched eight of her 15 digs in the second.
- Georgia Tech scored the last 10 points of the match to win the third, 25-8. The Yellow Jackets hit .464 in game No. 3, while UVA hit -.062.
- Friday’s contest against No. 18 Georgia Tech marked the third matchup against a ranked opponent for the Cavaliers this season.
- UVA starting libero Kristen Leland tied for a match-high 15 digs, including eight in the second set. Entering today, Leland’s career best against an ACC opponent was 14 digs, which she achieved against NC State (Sept. 24) earlier this season.
- Virginia middle blocker Alana Walker, who was third in the nation in blocks per set (1.74) entering Friday’s match, tied for a match-high four blocks.
- Virginia returns to Mem Gym on Sunday to host Clemson (10-6, 2-3 ACC) at 1 p.m.
- Sunday’s contest against the Tigers is slated to stream on ACCNX.