Hokies fall at Panther Invitational
Albrecht, Parrish and Willoughby register 11 kills
September 7, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's volleyball team fell short in its attempt to force a fifth game against the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Friday afternoon, falling 1-3 (30-28, 16-30, 26-30, 28-30) to the Panthers at the Panther Invitational. Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies with her sixth double-double this season, knocking down 11 kills with 19 digs. Senior Jen Albrecht and freshman Felicia Willoughby also reached double-digits in kills, with 11 each. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz hit a career-high .625 on five kills in eight attempts, with no errors. Senior Amanda Cloyd led the defense with 22 digs, while junior Kristen Cunningham and Willoughby led the charge at the net with seven and six blocks, respectively. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 46 assists in the loss. Despite trailing through the first half of game one, the Hokies fought to come back from an 11-7 deficit before taking their first significant lead at 28-23. Three consecutive Hokie blocks broke open a tied 23 contest, before a bad Panther set and a kill from Albrecht put Tech up five late in the game. From there, Milwaukee ran off four straight points due to three kills and a Hokie attack error, but a Panther service error kept Milwaukee from knotting the game at 28 all, giving Tech a game point opportunity. Felsing landed a kill to bring the Panthers within one at 29-28, but an Albrecht kill put Tech on top 30-28. Tech struggled through the middle of game two, and the Panthers used an eight point run to extend their 19-14 lead to 12 at 27-14. Cunningham landed a kill to break Milwaukee's run, but Hokie errors led the Panthers to a 30-16 victory, tying the match at 1-1. The Hokies fought to gain some momentum early in game three, but the two squads kept the game close, trading serves and the lead until Milwaukee pulled ahead three at 12-9. Tech managed to keep the game close though, evening the score by 14 all and again at 25. But, a strong Panther play at the net kept the Hokies from gaining any advantage, as they pulled ahead for a 30-26 game three win. Game four was neck-in-neck, as it featured 12 tie scores with five lead changes, but back-to-back kills from Jamie Gabrielsen at 28-28 gave the Panthers the game at 30-28, and match win. Tech (5-3) will be back in action tonight, facing Bradley at 5:30 p.m.