Hokies fall at North Carolina
Cloyd collects 13 digs
November 10, 2007
Volleyball at North Carolina
L, 0-3

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina completed the season sweep of the Hokies with a 3-0 (32-30, 30-20, 30-21) win over the Virginia Tech volleyball team Saturday evening.

Senior Amanda Cloyd led the defense with 13 digs, pushing her season total to 551, just 19 shy of Tech's single-season record, while sophomore Jill Gergen contributed 10 defensive saves. At the net, freshman Felicia Willoughby blocked six Tar Heel attacks and junior Kristen Cunninghamcollected five. With Willoughby's six blocks, she moved into second place on Tech's single-season blocks record with 155 this season, needing only 13 more to take over the top spot.

Offensively, Cunningham led the attack with eight kills and junior Sarah Muñoz landed seven. Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 29 assists

For North Carolina, Lauren Prussing had a match-high 15 kills and Megan Owens chipped in 13. Brianna Eskola collected a match-high 18 digs, while Prussing added 14 and Stephanie Jansma had 12, with 36 assists. Christine Vaughen had eight blocks.

Tech, despite holding a 28-26 lead late in game one, allowed the Tar Heels to score three straight points to even the game at 28 all, and take a 29-28 advantage in the frame. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz landed a kill for the Hokies to force extra points, but a kill from North Carolina gave the Heels another game-point opportunity at 30-29. Munoz landed a kill to knot the score at 30 all, but back-to-back kills from UNC gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 advantage in the match, with a 32-30 win.

The Tar Heels used a 10-1 run midway through the second frame to make an 11-11 game, 21-12 in favor of North Carolina. The Hokies fought to come back with a six-point run, but the Tar Heels held off Tech's attempt, cruising to a 30-20 game two win.

An 8-1 run of North Carolina's late in game three pushed the Tar Heels ahead nine, at 25-16, to put the match out of reach for the Hokies. UNC completed the season sweep of Tech with a 30-21 win in the third frame.

The Hokies (13-15, 7-11) will close out the road portion of their schedule this weekend at Boston College and Maryland. Tech's match with the Eagles is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., before heading to College Park, Md., for a 5 p.m. tilt with the Terrapins on Sat.