Cloyd breaks school dig record but Hokies fall to No. 24 Long Beach State
    Senior has collected 1,712 career digs
    September 1, 2007

    Box Score LBSU 3, VT 0
     
    QUEENS, N.Y. - Senior libero Amanda Cloyd collected 14 defensive saves to become the program's all-time leader in digs, but the Virginia Tech volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (23-30, 25-30, 28-30) decision to No. 24 Long Beach State to close out play at the St. John's Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon. Cloyd has collected 1,712 digs throughout her time in Blacksburg to pass Heather Berglund, who set the record at 1,710 in 1993.

    Senior Jen Albrecht led all players with 14 kills in the match and was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts throughout the weekend. Junior Kristen Cunningham contributed 10 kills and defensively, sophomore Jill Gergen led all players with 19 digs and freshman Amy Wengrenovich had 11. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 30 assists.

    For the 49ers, Michaela Hasalikova and Ashley Lee each knocked down 13 kills and Alexis Crimes added 12, with Lee and Crimes both posting double-doubles with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Setter Nicole Vargas also recorded a double-double with 36 assists and 11 digs. Sarah Hudson led the defense with 16 digs and Cynthia Buggs chipped in 15.

    For the match, Long Beach State jumped out to a 7-2 advantage in game one, forcing a Tech timeout. But the momentum was not taken from the 49ers until the Hokies ran off five straight points behind the serving of Cunningham, bringing the score to 15-13. The run wasn't enough for the Hokies though, as Long Beach State pulled ahead seven after two three-point runs, allowing them to coast to a 30-23 win.

    Game two was closer in score, but the 49ers took a 4-3 lead and never looked back. Tech attempted to string together a couple three-point runs late in the game, but Long Beach State took a 30-25 win.

    In a game that featured 13 tie scores, six lead changes and a late 4-1 run of the Hokies to bring the score to 29-28, Tech fell short in its attempt to force a fourth game. Hasalikova led an offense hitting .321 for the match to a 30-28 win by landing a kill to break the Hokies' run.

    Tech (5-2) will be back in action next weekend for their final tournament before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Hokies will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Panther Invitational. Play will begin on Fri., Sept. 7 against host Wilsconsin-Milwaukee at 1:30 p.m., and continue with Bradley at 5:30 p.m. Tech will then face Cincinnati on Sunday at 12 p.m.

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