August 29, 2009
Tech blocks 19 in win over Spartans
Six Hokies record three or more blocks in match
UNC Greensboro (0-1) 25221581
Virginia Tech (1-0) 232525253
  • Cassell Coliseum - 237

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech volleyball squad rolled to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-8) victory over UNC Greensboro in the Hokies second match of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies (2-0, 0-0 ACC) blocked 19 attacks, all coming in the final three sets, to the Spartans’ (0-2, 0-0 SOCON) five, out-blocking Greensboro 19-1 in the final three frames. The 19 blocks is the most for a Hokie team since Tech blocked 21 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 2, 2007. The Hokies hit at a .230 clip on the match, and held the Spartans to a .050 hitting percentage.

As in last night’s bout against Montana, Tech dropped the first set to its opponent. The Spartans blocked four Hokie attacks and Tech only hit .157 in the stanza. After staying close early, Tech found itself behind 7-12 midway through the period. The Spartans kept their distance for most of the set until the Hokies cut the lead to one at 24-23 on a senior Taylor Parrish kill, capping a 5-1 run. A kill by Greensboro’s Emily Lindborg ended the Tech push, and won the frame for the Spartans 25-23.

The Hokies rallied in the second set, though they could never put Greensboro away. After extending out to a 15-11 lead, Tech saw its advantage slip away as the Spartans evened the period at 19 apiece. The two squads battled to a tie at 22 when the Hokies reeled off three consecutive points to seal the set 25-22.

Tech came out of the locker room energized for the third set, led by senior Betsy Horowitz. The Charlotte, N.C., native, seeing her first action of the season, tallied six blocks in the frame, and freshman Cara Baarendse added four of her own, as the Hokies blocked eight attacks total, putting the Spartans away 25-15.

In set four, the Hokies made sure Greensboro would not hang around. Tech sprinted out to a 13-3 lead in the stanza and only increased the advantage from there. The Hokies hit at a .345 clip in the period and added another three blocks to pound the Spartans 25-8. The last time the Hokies held an opponent to eight points or less in a set came, ironically, in the second match of the 2008 Hokie Invitational, when Tech defeated Winston-Salem State 25-6 in the contest’s first period.

Parrish led the way for the Hokies with 16 kills in the affair, while junior Felicia Willoughby recorded nine blocks in the match. Six Hokies, Horowitz, Willoughby, Baarendse, Parrish, sophomore Kirsty Blue and freshman Jennifer Wiker had three or more blocks in the match. Sophomore Erin Leaser dished out 40 assists, while senior Jill Gergen dug 20 attacks. Junior Amy Wengrenovich and freshman Morgan O’Neill registered 13 and 12 digs, respectively, as well.

Tech will go for its fourth consecutive Hokie Invitational title tonight at 7 p.m., as they take on Liberty, who fell to Montana earlier in the day 3-1. Montana and UNC Greensboro will face each other at 5 p.m. Results will be available on

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