CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Having won two of its last three contests against ACC foes, Virginia (11-12, 3-9 ACC) rounds out its four-match road swing as the Cavaliers travel to Boston College (16-10, 4-8 ACC) on Friday (Nov. 4) and Syracuse (10-12, 6-6 ACC) on Sunday (Nov. 6). Friday’s contest against the Eagles from the Connell Recreation Center is set for 1 p.m., while Sunday’s match versus the Orange is also slated for 1 p.m. at the Women’s Building.
- 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.
- Virginia leads the all-time series over the Eagles, 19-8 – which began on Sept. 9, 1988 – but UVA has lost its last two matchups against BC, including both contests last season.
- In 2021, Boston College swept the season series in a four-set win at Memorial Gymnasium on Nov. 5, 2021 and a five-set victory in Power Gym on Nov. 26, 2021. The final set in both matches were decided by just two points with BC winning 30-28 in the fourth set of the first contest and 15-13 in game No. 5 of the second matchup. In the nine sets that the two teams went head-to-head, BC’s average margin of victory per set was 0.89 points.
- In the season finale on Nov. 26, 2021, the Cavaliers posted a season-high 20.0 team blocks, which tied for sixth all-time in UVA history and tied for second all-time among five-set matches. Only 23 different Division-I programs had tallied at least 20.0 blocks in a single match heading into the contest.
- Syracuse leads the all-time series over UVA, 10-3, and has won the previous eight matchups. Virginia’s last win over the Orange was on Sept. 13, 2003 at a non-conference tournament in Lexington, Ky. The Cavaliers’ only true road win over the Orange was their first of the series on Sept. 5, 1992.
- Virginia has lost its last 13 sets to Syracuse, dating back to Nov. 14, 2016.
LAST TIME OUT
- Virginia split its pair of ACC road matches in a five-set thriller over Virginia Tech last Friday (Oct. 28) before falling, 3-0, at Wake Forest on Sunday (Oct. 30).
- For the second year in a row, UVA and the Hokies required extra points in the fifth set to decide a winner, but this time it was the Cavaliers who were victorious, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 27-29, 16-14. Virginia finished the match with 78 kills, which stands at No. 5 all-time in program history since the implementation of the rally-scoring format (2001) and fifth all-time among five-set matches. The last time a UVA team recorded at least 78 kills in a single match was on Oct. 21, 2006 against Georgia Tech.
- In the loss at Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons controlled the match throughout after registering 11 service aces, which tied for the most by a UVA opponent this season among three-set matches. Wake hit .358 for the match, the best hitting percentage by an ACC opponent this season and second best overall. Coming off a great in UVA’s win at Virginia Tech, fourth-year veteran Simone Dominique made her first career in Winston-Salem, N.C.
MORE ON THE WIN AT VIRGINIA TECH
- For the third time this season, Grace Turner tied her career high of 23 kills and added 14 digs to tack on her ninth career double-double and fourth of 2022.
- With the win over the Hokies, Virginia improved to 6-3 on the season in five-set matches. Last season, the Cavaliers finished 2-3 in five-set matches.
- In her sixth appearance of 2022, Simone Dominique posted a career-high 13 kills on 34 swings against the Hokies. Dominque hit .235 and added six digs at the outside hitter position.
- Setter Gabby Easton dished out a season-high 49 assists, the most by a UVA setter since 2018.
- Setter Ashley Le registered a career-best 15 digs along with 13 assists in a defensive specialist role, marking her sixth career double-double and fourth of 2022.
THE SHANNON WELLS ERA HAS BEEN A BLOCK PARTY
- Since Shannon Wells became Virginia volleyball head coach in 2021, there have been seven matches in which the Cavaliers have tallied at least 15.0 blocks in a single match.
- In 2022, UVA registered a season-high 17.5 blocks against then-No. 10 Pittsburgh (Sept. 28), which is good for fifth all-time among four-set matches and fourth since the implementation of the rally-scoring format (since 2001). In UVA’s sweep over Notre Dame (Oct. 23), the Cavaliers registered 16.0 blocks, good for second-most all-time in program history among three-set matches.
- In 2021 – Wells’ first season at the helm – Virginia posted four matches with at least 15.0 blocks, including a season-best 20.0 blocks at Boston College (Nov. 26, 2021), which tied for sixth all-time. The Cavaliers also had 18.0 blocks against Clemson (Oct. 10, 2021), 16.5 blocks in UVA’s lone ACC win of the season at North Carolina (Sept. 26, 2021), and 15.5 blocks at NC State (Sept. 24, 2021).
AMAZING GRACE (TURNER)
- Grace Turner has been a workhorse for the Cavaliers this season. Turner has started in all 23 matches and appeared in all 93 possible sets as a six-rotation outside hitter.
- She leads the Cavaliers in kills per set (3.33), aces per set (0.40), points per set (4.01) and total receptions (641). Her 3.33 kills per set are good for ninth in the ACC, while her 0.40 aces per set are fifth and her 4.01 points per set are eighth.
- Turner has posted five 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 nine career double-doubles, including four this season.
- In 23 matches this season, Turner has registered 37 aces, which is 10 more than her total for the 2021 season (27), which was a then-career best in a single season.
ABBY TADDER: A PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE FOR THE HOOS
- Middle blocker Abby Tadder leads the Cavaliers in hitting percentage (.356), total blocks (102.0) and blocks per set (1.10). Tadder’s .356 hitting percentage is good for sixth in the ACC, while her 1.11 blocks per set are 11th.
- Tadder had a career day in the Cavaliers’ win over Florida State (Oct. 14), when she posted a career-high 18 kills and hit .517 (18-3-29). Tadder’s 18 kills are the most by a Cavalier middle blocker since Oct. 18, 2015, when Anna Walsh tallied 20 kills at Syracuse.
- Tadder also led UVA with nine blocks against No. 10 Pittsburgh (Sept. 28), which is tied for third most by an ACC in a single match this season.
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).