September 18, 2009
Unbeaten streak comes to an end for Tech
Hokies fall to Cavaliers, 3-1
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tech volleyball squad lost for the first time in the 2009 campaign on Friday night, falling to Virginia in ACC play, 3-1 (27-29, 19-25, 25-22, 11-25) in Memorial Gym at the Marriott Cavalier Invitational opener.

The Hokies (9-1, 0-1 ACC) struggled all night with serving and serve receive, totaling nine service errors and six receiving errors. The Cavaliers (6-4, 1-0 ACC) out-hit Tech .341 to .146, and out-blocked the Hokies 9.5 to five.

Tech and UVA went toe-to-toe in the opening set, which featured 13 ties. The Hokies pulled out to an early 8-4 advantage, but the lead would not last, as Virginia evened the match at 18-18. The two squads exchanged points for much of the rest of the set. Tied 27-27, Virginia received back-to-back kills from Tobi Farrar and Lauren Dickson to take the set, 29-27.

Set two followed the same pattern as the first, as the Hokies gained a 12-8 early advantage. Again, the Cavaliers battled back though. With Tech up 17-13, the Wahoos went on a 12-2 run to end the second frame, 25-19.

The Hokies came out stronger in the third set. After staying close early, Virginia went ahead 18-14, but this time the Hokies fought back, going on an 11-4 run to avoid the sweep, winning set three 25-22.

Virginia extinguished Tech’s hopes though with a powerful final period. The Cavaliers won the first four points and pulled out early with a 10-4 run. The Hokies could not battle back this time, falling in the final set, 25-11.

Sophomore Erin Leaser dished out 38 assists and recorded 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Justine Record led the Hokies in kills with 17, while sophomore Felicia Willoughby tallied nine kills on a .421 hitting percentage and added three blocks. Senior Jill Gergen registered 13 digs in the contest.

Tech’s trip to Charlottesville is not finished as the Hokies play two matches tomorrow in the Marriott Cavalier Invitational. Tech takes on Albany at 10:30 a.m., followed by Villanova at 4:30 p.m. Villanova defeated Albany 3-2 in Friday’s afternoon matchup. Results will be available at

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