CINCINNATI – In a defensive struggle on both sides of the net, the Virginia volleyball team (4-1) came up victorious in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) over Purdue Fort Wayne (3-2) at the Cintas Center on day No. 2 of the Xavier Tournament.
Both Virginia and the Mastodons finished with 36 kill each, but it was the Cavaliers who hit .227, while PFW hit just .104.
Virginia was led offensively by Abby Tadder (9 kills, 2 blocks) and Grace Turner (9 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs). Defensively, UVA libero Madison Morey posted 15 digs in the sweep.=
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The score was tied 10-10 in the first before the Cavaliers orchestrated a 9-2 to take a commanding lead. Virginia led by as many eight points during set No. 1 thanks to three service aces late in the set, including a pair from Turner. Turner ended the set, 25-19, on a kill from setter Gabby Easton. Virginia held the Mastodons to a -.024 hitting percentage in the opening frame. Right side hitter Mary Shaffer posted four kills and hit .500 in the first. Virginia posted five of its six total blocks in set No. 1.
- After giving up the first three points of the second, Virginia tallied five straight points to regain momentum. Another five unanswered UVA scores later in the game put the Hoos up, 20-13. Back-to-back Mastodon errors gave UVA the set, 25-18, and a 2-0 lead entering the break. PFW committed a total of 11 errors in the set No. 2.
- Set No. 3 was much closer than the first two, although the Cavaliers found themselves trailing 12-4 – their largest deficit of the match – early on. UVA clawed its way back to tie the set 17-17 after a flurry of scoring runs. Later on, a Mastodon kill gave them a 23-22 lead, which prompted a UVA timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Cavaliers fired off three straight kills from Brooklyn Borum, GG Carvacho and Tadder, respectively, to complete the set No. 3 win, 25-23, and earn its second sweep of the 2022 season.
- With the win, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the all-time series as Saturday’s contest marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
- In the third set, UVA posted 18 of its 36 total kills and hit .368.
- Libero Madison Morey tallied 15 digs in just three sets.
- For the first time this season, UVA held an opponent to under a .150 hitting percentage (.104).
- The match only saw one double-digit kill getter in PFW’s Ramei Jackson, who finished the match with 11 kills
Virginia rounds out action at the Xavier Tournament later today when it takes on Eastern Michigan (0-4) at 4 p.m. from the Cintas Center. Saturday’s finale will stream on FloVolleyball.tv with a paid subscription.