Hokies win second straight with 3-1 victory over VCU
Parrish leads Tech with 16 kills and career-high 24 digs
August 24, 2007

Box Score VT 3, VCU 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's volleyball team improved it's record to 2-0 by winning it's second match of the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational with a 3-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth Friday evening. Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies with her 12th career double-double, knocking down a game-high 16 kills and collecting a career-high 24 digs, while sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 49 assists and had 14 digs for her ninth career double-double.

Senior Amanda Cloyd led five players in double-digit digs with 26, while Parrish had 24, sophomore Jill Gergen and freshman Amy Wengrenovich each collected 22 and Lang added 14. Freshman Felicia Willoughby tallied eight blocks to lead the charge at the net, while Lang chipped in seven. Senior Jen Albrecht and Willoughby each reached double-digits in kills, with 12 apiece.

For Virginia Commonwealth, Elisa Kuehnel had a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Laryssa Goncalves led the defense with 34 digs and Cat Juson dished out 38 assists.

The Hokies caught a break in the middle of game one, using five Rams service errors as momentum, carrying them to a 30-21 victory. But, Tech couldn't hold on to the momentum as VCU strung together four early points to take a 10-8 lead in game two. A 15-10 run of the Rams from that point put them up 25-18, allowing VCU to cruise to a 30-24 victory.

Tech jumped out to an early 13-8 lead in game three, forcing a Ram timeout. The Hokies won the point out of the timeout, but VCU went on a 5-1 run to close the gap to two, at 15-13. The two squads traded serves until Tech strung together three straight points for a 23-19 lead, but it wasn't enough as the Rams fought for five straight points to even the score at 27 all.

The game was then again tied at 28, 29 and 30 before back-to-back kills from Willougby and Parrish put the Hokies up 32-30, securing the game three win for Tech.

Game four was another back and forth battle as the two teams had a tie score at 27-27, but strong blocks from Albrecht and junior Kristen Cunningham gave the Hokies their first game point opportunity at 29-27, and Albrecht landed one final kill out of a long rally to give Tech a 30-27 victory for the match win.

In other tournament action, William & Mary won a close match against Marshall, picking up a 15-11 game five victory. Abbi Owens led the Tribe attack with 19 kills and collected 12 digs for a double-double, while Lindsey Pflugner knocked down 16 kills with 17 digs. Cassie Crumal had 55 assists in the win.

For Marshall, Kelly-Anne Billingly and Stephanie Cahill led the attack with 19 and 18 kills, respectively. Maggie Arias collected a game-high 22 digs and Elizabeth Fleming dished out 57 assists.

Tech will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, taking on Marshall in the final game of the tournament. Match time is set for 6 p.m.