Tech sweeps Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational
Willoughby named to all-tournament team
August 25, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team concluded a sweep of the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational with a 3-1 win over Marshall University Saturday evening. Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies with her third consecutive double-double this season, landing 15 kills and collecting 12 digs. Freshman Amy Wengrenovich and sophomore Michelle Lang also collected double-doubles for Tech. Wengrenovich knocked down a career-high 12 kills and collected 12 digs, while Lang dished out 48 assists with 11 digs. Senior Jen Albrecht also had a strong performance for Tech, hitting a career-high .500 on an outstanding 11 kills in 22 attempts with no errors. Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd collected 12 digs and junior Kristen Cunningham, Lang and freshman Felicia Willoughby each had eight blocks. Willoughby, representing Tech on the all-tournament team, had a strong performance in her first collegiate tournament. Against Marshall, she landed a personal-best 13 kills and collected eight blocks. For the tournament, she had 33 kills and 27 blocks. For the Thundering Herd, Emily Sullivan landed 18 kills and Kristen Marcum contributed 10 with 10 digs. Maggie Arias had 10 digs also, and Elizabeth Fleming dished out 51 assists. In match action, Marshall held a 13-9 advantage midway through game one, before Tech rattled off five straight points to even the score and pull ahead one at 14-13. From there, the two teams battled to gain momentum and the lead, but it wasn't until Tech strung together three points to break open an even 20-20 game that either squad held an advantage. The lead proved to be enough as the squads traded serves for the remainder of the contest, giving the Hokies a 30-26 game one win. Wengrenovich opened game two with a kill for the Hokies and Tech never looked back. In a game that featured no tie scores and no lead changes, the Hokies hit a season best .317 as a team, en route to a 30-22 victory. The Hokies, down 26-23 late in game three, used a 4-1 run to even the score at 28 all. A Herd attack error put Tech up one, forcing a Marshall timeout. But, Sullivan came out of the timeout strong for the Herd, landing back-to-back-to-back kills, resulting in a game three 30-28 win for Marshall. Two early three-point runs and a string of four points for Tech put the Hokies up 13-4 early in the fourth game. Marshall attempted to claw back into the game, but Tech wouldn't allow it, as they cruised to a 30-22 game four victory, and match win. Tech will return to action Fri., Aug. 31, as the team will travel to New York, N.Y., to participate in the St. John's Volleyball Invitational. The Hokies will first face Fairfield at 10 a.m., before taking on host St. John's at 7:30 p.m.