The Virginia volleyball team defeated Miami, 28-26, 25-27, 30-28 and 25-15, Saturday night at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers, who have won five out of their last six matches, improved to 15-11 (8-6 ACC) on the season.
“I thought our kids played tough tonight and hung in there at points we were down, which is key when you play a team like Miami, who is very athletic and do some really nice things (on the court),” UVa head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “I thought we served tough and as the game progressed, we got into an offensive rhythm. Lauren (Fuller) was outstanding for us again and I thought our back-row players all played well.”
“It was like a marathon,” junior Tori Janowski said. “All of those extra points really get your adrenaline running and it was very tense, but we were able to stay focused. The crowd was really loud tonight and that always helps us because we feed off of their energy.”
UVa freshman Jasmine Burton led the Cavaliers with a season-high 22 kills on .300 hitting, while junior Tori Janowski added a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs. Fellow Junior Morgan Blair tallied a match-high seven blocks.
Freshman Lexi Riccolo recorded a season-high 21 digs, while senior Emily Rottman and sophomore Lauren Fuller also added 21 digs each. Fuller recorded a double-double, also dishing out 55 assists.
Up next, the Cavaliers travel to NC State and North Carolina next weekend (Nov. 15-16).