UVa Volleyball Rallies to Top Liberty

The Virginia volleyball team came from two sets down to defeat Liberty, 3-2, in the final match of the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.

Sophomore Tori Janowski hit a career-high .524 with 25 kills and 30 assists, while freshman Kayla Sears tallied a season high 18 kills.

Fellow freshman Natalie Bausback earned 12 kills and nine digs, while classmate Manon Greskovics-Fuller hit six kills and .400 in her best match as a Cavalier to date.

For the match, Virginia earned 23 more kills than Liberty (70-47), while the Flames led in blocks (13-7) and aces (10-6).

In the first set, Liberty hit .429 with only two errors, while earning four blocks. UVa was held to a .222 hitting percentage and did not tally a block.

After the second set was tied at 18, 19 and 21, Liberty used two Virginia hitting errors and two kills to win the set, 25-23.

In the third set, Liberty had an 18-17 lead, but UVa earned four points in a row to lead, 21-18, and force a LU timeout. Out of the break, Virginia tallied four out of the next five points to win the frame, 25-19.

The fourth set was tied at 20 when Liberty scored three of four points to lead, 23-21. Two Janowski kills tied the set at 23, and a Liberty rotation error followed by a hitting error gave UVa the frame, 25-23.

In the fifth, Liberty cut the lead to 6-5, but Virginia went on a 5-1 run to force a Flame timeout at 11-6. LU would earn the next point, but UVa tallied five of the next six with a Janowski kill finishing the match at 15-8.

Up next, the Cavaliers host Miami on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., and 2011 national semifinalist Florida State on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

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