CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia volleyball team (8-18, 1-14 ACC) fell 17-25, 17-25 11-25 to North Carolina (20-7, 9-7 ACC) in Memorial Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers were led by Alana Walker, who finished with a team-best eight kills and a .429 hitting percentage, while contributing a match-high three blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tar Heels won the opening set, 25-17 after siding out on 14-of-17 Cavalier serves. Meanwhile, UNC was able put together 5-0 and 4-0 runs, which proved to be the difference in the set. Mary Shaffer led the UVA effort with three kills, while hitting .375.
- North Carolina took a 2-0 lead entering the break after winning set No. 2, 25-17, once again. With the score 20-16 in favor of UNC, the Tar Heels scored five of the last six points to close out the set. Walker had three kills on four swings and added one block. The Virginia defense held UNC to a .194 hitting percentage, but the Cavaliers’ offense only managed to collect eight kills in the second.
- Coming out of the break, the Tar Heels scored the first five points to open set three. UNC’s Mabrey Shaffmaster, who finished Sunday’s contest with a match-high 14 kills, tallied five kills in the third frame, which the Tar Heels won, 25-11.
- The Cavaliers out-blocked North Carolina 4-3 in Sunday’s match. UVA is now 8-9 on the season when out-blocking its opponents.
- Walker finished with a match-high three blocks and a team-high eight kills and 9.5 points. She also hit a team-best .429.
- Ashley Le tallied a team-high 15 assists.
- Fourteen different Cavaliers saw in action in Sunday’s match.
- Virginia rounds out its 2021 home slate as it hosts NC State (14-12, 8-7 ACC) on Saturday (Nov. 20) at 3 p.m.
- Saturday’s contest against the Wolfpack is scheduled to stream on ACCNX.