Hokies win 550th match in 3-1 victory over Demon Deacons
Cloyd breaks the ACC's career dig record
October 20, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team collected the program's 550th victory in a 3-1 (30-27, 30-15, 18-30, 30-23) win over the Demon Deacons Saturday evening in Reynolds Gymnasium. The win marks the first time in the last eight meetings between the two that the away team has come out on top, including the first time since joining the ACC that the Hokies have won in Winston-Salem. Senior Amanda Cloyd paced the defense, collecting 18 digs to extend her career total to 2023, breaking the ACC's career dig record set at 2010 in 2001 by Wake Forest's Trina Maso de Mayo. Offensively, sophomore Taylor Parrish tallied 16 kills and senior Jen Albrecht contributed 13. Freshman Felicia Willoughby landed 11 kills and sophomore Betsy Horowitz hit a match-high .400 on eight kills in 20 attempts, with no errors. Both Willoughby and Horowitz blocked four attacks, and Parrish collected 13 digs for her 13th double-double this season. Junior Sarah Muñoz landed nine kills with two service aces and three blocks. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 48 assists and two aces. For Wake Forest, Natalie Mullikin had a match-high 17 kills and five blocks, while Ashley Homitz and Kristen White had 10 kills. Megan Thornberry collected 19 digs, while Michael Faulkner and Abby Miller had 14 and 13, respectively. Kelsey Jones handed out 37 assists. The Hokies, despite being down 3-10 in the opening frame, rallied to even the score at 15 and take their first lead at 17-16, before pulling ahead two at 25-23. From there, Parrish, landing 10 kills in the first frame, knocked down four kills in the final eight points of the game to lead the Hokies to a 30-27 win. Tech dominated game two hitting .414, while holding the Demon Deacons to a -.182 clip. The Hokies jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage and used an eight-point run to extend their lead to 14 at 25-11. The margin proved to be too much for Wake Forest, as Tech cruised to a 30-15 game two victory. The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early 8-3 advantage in game three and used another 8-3 run to extend their lead to 30-18, for a game three win. In a back-and-forth battle throughout game four, the Hokies rattled off four-straight points to pull ahead 21-16, and never looked back. The two squads continued to trade serves before a 5-2 run of Tech's put the match out of reach for Wake Forest, with the Hokies on top, 30-23. Tech (12-10, 6-6 ACC) will continue its conference action on the road on Fri., Oct. 26 in Tallahassee, Fla., against Florida State. Earlier this season, the Hokies swept the Seminoles, 3-0, in Blacksburg. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.