CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – After leading two games to none, the Yellow Jacket volleyball team (21-5, 11-2) fell to Virginia (15-12, 8-6) in five games Saturday night, 10-15, 8-15, 15-2, 15-10, 15-12. Virginia’s victory snaps a 12 match win streak for the Jackets and puts them back in a tie with North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
The Jackets were led by Eida Mabry who notched 18 kills, followed by Teryl Townsend who had 11. Defensively Townsend recorded 13 digs and nine blocks while Kele Eveland tallied 39 assists.
In game one, the Jackets took an early 4-1 lead as Mabry connected for a kill, Maja Pachale recorded an ace and the Cavaliers had two hitting errors. But, Virginia came back to take the lead, 5-4, as Tech recorded three hitting errors and Katie Jones tallied a kill. The two teams then battled it out with neither team taking more than a point advantage. Tech would put a mini-run together and take an 11-8 lead as Kyleen Bell recorded a kill and the Cavaliers made a hitting error. The Jackets then went on to win the game, 15-10, as Eveland recorded an ace, and Bell and Mabry each tallied a kill.
Tech maintained control in game two as it jumped out to a 6-2 lead on two hitting errors by Virginia, and three blocks and a kill from Townsend. Virginia came back to make the score 6-3, but the Jackets answered with five straight points to increase their lead to 11-3 as Eveland recorded two kills and Amanda Hess notched an ace. The Cavaliers put together a mini-run of their own as Zwarich tallied two kills and Mabry recorded a hitting error making the score 12-7. But, the Jackets came right back to score the final three points on a kill and a dig from Mabry to take game two, 15-8.
Virginia stormed back in game three and dominated the entire game. Tech’s serve reception struggled throughout causing their sideout offense to be ineffective. With the Cavaliers leading 10-0, the Jackets scored points on a hitting error from the Cavaliers and a Hess and Townsend block to make the score 10-2. But, Virginia scored the next five points as they continued to serve tough and took control both offensively and defensively, allowing them to take the game, 15-2.
Game four was much like game three, with Virginia continuing its domination. The Jackets fell behind early, 1-6, in the game, and were never able to rebound. With the score 3-9, Zwarich took control for the Cavaliers scoring points on four straight kills to increase the lead to 3-13. However, the Jackets attempted a comeback as they scored five points on the serve of Courtney Adler to make the score 10-13. But, the Cavaliers would come right back and score the games’ final two points on an error from Bell and a poor pass from the Jackets.
Despite falling behind 0-4 in game five, Tech fought its way back into the game and made the score 3-5 on kills from Pachale and Bell. But Virginia came back making the score 4-7 on an error from Pachale and a tip from its setter. Again, the Tech fought back to take the lead, 8-7 on three straight blocks and a kill from Townsend. The two teams then went sideout for sideout, but with the score, 12-12, the Cavaliers sided out for a point and went on to win the game on errors from Bell and Pachale.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on 7 p.m. on Tuesday night when they play host to NC State (7-18, 1-12) in O’Keefe Gymnasium.