CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team (2-1) travels to Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend to compete in a four-team round robin at Xavier University, where the Cavaliers will face the Musketeers (3-0), Purdue Fort Wayne (2-1) and Eastern Michigan (0-3) at the Cintas Center. UVA and Xavier will square off on Friday (Sept. 2) at 6 p.m. before challenging the Mastodons and the Eagles at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on Saturday (Sept. 3).

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  • This year marks the 44th season of Virginia Volleyball, which held its inaugural season in 1979.
  • The Hoos are slated to face four AVCA preseason top-25 teams, including three teams ranked in the top 10, in No. 4 Louisville (Oct. 21), No. 6 Pitt (Sept. 28), at No. 9 Georgia Tech (Oct. 7) and at No. 15 Florida (Aug. 27).
  • Virginia’s 2022 schedule consists of seven 2021 NCAA Tournament teams in Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
  • With a home-and-home series against Virginia Tech, both matches between UVA and the Hokies will be worth 0.5 points toward the Commonwealth Clash standings, presented by Smithfield.
  • The Cavaliers will host 14 home matches in 2022.
  • For the first time in history, Virginia will face Purdue Fort Wayne (Sept. 3) and Mercer (Sept. 16).


  • Virginia takes on Xavier (Sept. 2), Purdue Fort Wayne (Sept. 3) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 3) at Xavier’s Tournament this weekend.
  • Xavier leads the all-time series, 1-0, as does Eastern Michigan, 2-1. The Cavaliers will take on Purdue Fort Wayne for the first time in series history on Saturday (Sept. 3).
  • A complete list of all-time results against UVA’s upcoming opponents can be accessed via the Virginia Volleyball Record Book.


  • Virginia kicked off the 2022 season by going 2-1 at the Gators Invitational in Gainesville, Florida with wins over ETSU (Aug. 26) and UNF (Aug 27) before falling to No. 15 Florida (Aug. 27).
  • Outside hitter Jayna Francis and middle blocker Abby Tadder were named to the all-tournament team. Francis led UVA in kills per set (2.63) and hit .436, while Tadder was second on the team in kills per set (2.60) and hit .455. Tadder also led UVA in blocks per set (1.00).
  • Libero Madison Morey turned in a career-high 26 digs in UVA’s season-opening four-set win over ETSU. Morey’s 26 digs are the most by a Cavalier in a single match since 2018.
  • All five UVA newcomers in Gabby Easton, Kate Johnson, GG Carvacho, Vereisa Yon and Chloe Wilson made their UVA debuts at the Gators Invitational. 


  • Virginia’s Mary Shaffer (Saint Ursula Academy) and Grace Turner (McNicholas HS) will return to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio when the Cavaliers travel Xavier’s Tournament this weekend.
  • On the travel circuit, both Shaffer and Turner played club for Tri-State Elite.


  • Virginia’s two setters this season are Ashley Le and Gabby Easton.
  • Last season, Le was the Cavaliers’ starting setter and led the team in assists (5.16/set) primarily in a 6-2 rotation.
  • Easton transferred to UVA from Ole Miss in January 2022. During the 2020 season, Easton appeared in 19 matches and led the team in assists (8.91/set). Prior to her tenure with the Rebels, Easton played for Clemson in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she earned ACC All-Freshman honors after finishing second in the league in assists (10.83/set). Her 1,387 total assists in 2018 stand at No. 2 all-time by a freshman in Clemson history.


  • Last season, the Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences in the nation in both RPI and adjusted RPI.
  • For the first time in league history, two ACC teams (Louisville and Pitt) advanced to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament semifinals in 2021.
  • In addition to the Cardinals and Panthers, Georgia Tech was also one of three ACC teams to advance to the Elite 8, also a first in ACC history.
  • A record-tying six ACC schools made the 2021 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, including No. 1 overall seed Louisville, which won 32 consecutive matches last season.