CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team (8-9, 0-6 ACC) returns to Memorial Gymnasium to host Florida State (12-5, 4-2 ACC) on Friday (Oct. 14) at 6 p.m. and Miami (10-7, 3-3 ACC) on Sunday (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m.
- Both matches will stream on ACC Network Extra (ACCNX) through the ESPN app, which is available through participating TV providers that carry ACC Network.
- Live stats will also be available for both matches and can be accessed via the Cavaliers’ schedule page on VirginiaSports.com
- Florida State leads the all-time series, 42-14, and are winners of the last 13 matchups against the Cavaliers. Virginia’s last win over the Seminoles was on Oct. 31, 2010, when UVA won 16-14 in the fifth set at Mem Gym.
- Miami leads the all-time series, 10-19, and are winners of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. The last four matchups have been in Coral Gables, Fla. The last time the Cavaliers knocked off Miami was on Nov. 9, 2013, when UVA defeated the Hurricanes in four sets at Mem Gym.
- Last season, the Cavaliers lost a combined six sets on the road at Florida State and Miami.
LAST TIME OUT
- Last weekend, Virginia went 0-2 at No. 10 Georgia Tech on Oct. 7 and Clemson on Oct. 9.
- Competing against its third ranked team of the season, UVA fell to the Yellow Jackets, 25-27, 11-25, 21-25) at O’Keefe Gym. The Cavaliers were within striking distance at the tail end of sets 1 and 3, but ultimately 25 attack errors plagued the UVA offense throughout. UVA was led by outside hitter Brooklyn Borum, who posted nine kills on 22 swings and six digs. Grace Turner tallied a team-high 10 kills, but had 13 attack errors on 37 swings.
- Two days later, UVA fell at Clemson, 25-22, 19-25, 14-25, 23-25, in Jervey Gym. The Cavaliers won the opening set after hitting .323 on 15 kills and three attack errors, while the Tigers had five service errors. For the match, UVA middle blockers Abby Tadder (10 kills, 6 block assists) and Veresia Yon (9 kills, .444 hitting %) led the effort for the Cavaliers as both players hit above .300.
AMAZING GRACE (TURNER)
- Grace Turner has been a workhorse for the Cavaliers this season, having started in all 17 matches and appeared in all 70 possible sets as a six-rotation outside hitter.
- She leads the Cavaliers in kills per set (3.31), aces per set (0.41), points per set (3.98) and total receptions (505). Her 3.31 kills per set and 3.98 points per set are both good for ninth in the ACC, while her 0.41 aces per set are sixth.
- Turner has posted four 20-kill matches on the season and has done so on back-to-back occasions twice: the first against Charlotte (Sept. 9 & 10) and the second against NC State (Sept. 23) and North Carolina (Sept. 25). Earlier this season, she became the first UVA player to notch back-to-back 20-kill performances since 2016.
- Turner also leads the Cavaliers with eight career double-doubles, including three this season.
- In just 17 matches this season, Turner has registered 29 aces, which is two more than her total for the 2021 season (27), which was a then-career best in a single season.
FLORIDA NATIVE VERESIA YON’S STOCK ON THE RISE
- UVA middle blocker Veresia Yon is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and played three seasons (2019-21) at University of West Florida, one of the nation’s premier Division-II volleyball programs, before transferring to Virginia in 2022.
- After coming off the bench in her first four appearances of the season, Yon has started in every match that she has competed in ever since, including in the Cavaliers last nine matches.
- Against Clemson, Yon posted season highs in kills (9) and total attacks (18). She also combined to hit .400 at No. 10 Georgia Tech and against the Tigers.
KRIS GRUNWALD’S FSU CONNECTION
- Virginia assistant coach Kris Grunwald started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Florida State from 1991-93 before joining Auburn’s staff as an assistant coach in 1994.
- Grunwald and UVA head coach Shannon Wells first met each other in 2005 at Morehead State, where Wells was a graduate assistant and Grunwald served as an assistant coach.=
THE ACC: THE NATION’S PREMIER VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE
- 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.
- 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 faced Purdue Fort Wayne (Sept. 3) and Mercer (Sept. 16).