Hokies split in first day of St. John's Volleyball Invitational
Cloyd 19 digs shy of program record
August 31, 2007
QUEENS, N.Y. - Six Hokies set career-highs to lead the Virginia Tech volleyball team to a close 3-1 (30-25, 27-30, 30-27, 31-29) victory over Fairfield University to open the St. John's Volleyball Invitational in Queens, N.Y., marking the first time in program history that the Hokies won their first four matches. But, Tech couldn't keep the win streak alive as they fell in the nightcap to host St. John's University, 1-3 (16-30, 30-28, 27-30, 18-30). Against Fairfield, seniors Jen Albrecht and Amanda Cloyd, junior Kristen Cunningham, sophomore Michelle Lang, and freshmen Amy Wengrenovich and Felicia Willoughby each posted personal-bests. Albrecht, Cunningham and Wengrenovich each landed a career-high in kills, with Albrecht knocking down a game-high 16, Cunningham with 11 and Wengrenovich with 15. Wengrenovich also collected 19 digs for her first career double-double, while sophomore Taylor Parrish reached double-digits in both kills and digs with 10 and 17, respectively. Willoughby hit a personal-best .474 in the match, and Lang and Cloyd dished out career-high's in assists with 57 and six, respectively. Sophomore Jill Gergen contributed 12 digs in the win. Against St. John's, Parrish and Albrecht led the way, each landing 13 kills, with Parrish digging 13 Red Storm attacks for her seventh consecutive double-double, and sixth straight this season. Willoughby contributed 10 kills, Wengrenovich had 13 digs and Lang dished out 45 assists. For the day, Cloyd collected 29 digs against the Stags and 16 against the Red Storm, moving her career total to 1,692, just 19 shy of the all-time program record. The Hokies (4-1) will return to action tomorrow, Sat., Sept. 1, taking on New Jersey Institute of Technology at 9 a.m., before concluding play at the tournament with No. 24 Long Beach State at 2:30 p.m.