NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Virginia volleyball team (8-12, 1-9 ACC) fell in three sets (13-25, 13-25, 22-25) to Notre Dame (9-11, 5-5 ACC) inside Purcell Pavilion Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s contest against the Fighting Irish marked the fourth consecutive ACC road match for the Cavaliers, who return to Memorial Gymnasium on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. to take on in-state rival Virginia Tech for the annual Commonwealth Clash presented by Smithfield.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Fighting Irish secured a 9-2 advantage to open the match thanks to seven unanswered points early in the first. Two additional 4-0 runs by Notre Dame put the first out of reach for the Cavaliers as the Irish went on to win, 25-13. Notre Dame never trailed for the entirety of game No. 1.
- Once again, both teams were tied [4-4] in the second before Notre Dame embarked on another 7-0 run followed by two more 4-0 runs later in set No. 2. UVA struggled to shift momentum in its favor early in the set as three consecutive Cavalier service errors prevented UVA from making any run of its own.
- Set No. 3 was much more competitive, but the Fighting Irish closed out the match by winning the last four points to take the third, 25-22, and match. Entering set No. 3, Virginia had just 16 kills, but posted 15 in the third and final game.
- Outside hitters Jayna Francis (7) and Simone Dominique (3) combined for 10 of UVA’s 15 kills in set No. 3 … Francis finished with a team-high eight kills on 20 swings.
- Outside hitter Grace Turner tallied a team-high 10 digs … Turner’s 10 digs against the Fighting Irish marked the third double-digit dig performance by Turner this season.
- Middle blocker Alana Walker posted a team-high five blocks.
- Virginia returns to Mem Gym on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. to host Virginia Tech (9-13, 0-10 ACC) for the annual Commonwealth Clash presented by Smithfield.
- On Sunday, the Cavaliers host Wake Forest (11-10, 2-8 ACC) at 1 p.m.
- Both of next weekend’s matches are expected to stream on ACCNX.