WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a strong offensive showing, the Virginia volleyball team (5-1) came up victorious over Howard (3-4) in three sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) at Burr Gymnasium Friday evening (Sept. 8). The win marked the Cavaliers first of three matches at the DMV Invitational.
As a team, the Cavaliers hit a season-best .410 after collecting 44 kills on the night. Virginia’s .410 hitting percentage stands at No. 4 in UVA single-match history since the implementation of the rally-scoring format (2001).
The Hoos were led by Abby Tadder, who hit .706 with 14 kills on 17 swings with just two errors. Tadder also chipped in four blocks. First year Lauryn Bowie also recorded nine kills on 18 swings.
SET 1: Virginia 25, Howard 15
The Virginia offense was firing on all cylinders from the jump, finishing set No. 1 with 18 kills and no errors on 27 swings. The Hoos led by as many as 12 points in the opening frame. Tadder finished the first set going 4-4 with zero errors while Bowie went 5-7, also with zero errors. Setter Ashley Le chipped in 14 assists in the opening period.
SET 2: Virginia 25, Howard 21
Both teams were tied 6-6 before the Hoos embarked on a 9-2 run to gain a 15-7 advantage. Howard would shrink the UVA lead to two [20-18] later in the set, but a Bison service error followed by a kill and ace from Le dismantled the Bison’s momentum. Tadder led the Hoos with five kills on six attempts (.833) in the second, while UVA’s other middle blocker Veresia Yon (5 kills, .500 Hit%) notched two aces.
SET 3: Virginia 25, Howard 21
Virginia’s offense did not slow down in the third stanza as the Hoos leaped out to an 11-4 lead. The Bison would chip away at the UVA lead to pull within one [13-12] midway through game No. 3. Howard had a chance to tie the set later in the frame with the score 22-21, but Tadder’s final kill of the match gave the Hoos some breathing room before an ace by Milan Gomillion and a Bison attack error sealed the match.
- With the win, Virginia improved to 2-1 in the all-time series matchup against Howard.
- With the win, Virginia improved to 2-0 in true road matches this season.
- The win marked the Cavaliers’ second sweep of the season.
- Virginia’s .410 hitting percentage is good for No. 4 in program single-match history since the NCAA implemented the rally-scoring format (2001).
- Le led all players with 33 assists.
- Yon is now 26 kills away from joining the 1,000 career kill club.
The Cavaliers travel to Baltimore, Md. to continue play in the DMV Invitational. Virginia takes on Coastal Carolina (3-5) on Saturday (Sept. 9) at noon from Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena before rounding out weekend action against UMBC (4-2) on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 1 p.m.