November 8, 2015
Hokies come up short at No. 22 Louisville
Rhegan Mitchell recorded her seventh double-double in the setback.
Virginia Tech (15-11) 2119190
(22) Louisville (19-5) 2525253
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Despite the Hokies' valiant efforts, the Virginia Tech volleyball team fell short in three sets at No. 22 Louisville in a Sunday matinee. The Hokies slide to 15-11, 6-8 in conference play while the Cardinals improve to 19-5, 13-1 in the ACC.

Rhegan Mitchell grounded the Hokies, assisting 21 and collecting 10 digs to record the Hokies lone double-double. Amanda McKinzie led the squad's offense downing nine kills while Lindsey Owens and Kennedy Bryan added seven and six, respectively. Middle blockers Ashley Battle and Cara Cunningham attacked nearly perfect at .500 and .667 clips, respectively, despite the set back.

A well-balanced Cardinals' offense was led by Erin Fairs who posted a team-high 13 kills. Maya McClendon and Janelle Jenkins added double-digit kills to Fair's total. Despite Kenedy McGrath's team-best 11 digs, the 22nd-ranked Cardinals found the floor to clinch the win.

The Hokies and Cardinals battled early on to open the match, keeping the margin at two points. Tech evened up the match at 17-all following back-to-back kills by Katie Krueger. However, the Hokies efforts fell short, 21-25 in the opening set.

Tech fell behind early in the second frame. The Hokies were able to fight back from their 10-point deficit. Yet, the Cardinals proved victorious with their 25-19 set two decision.

Briana Lanktree paced the Hokies in the third frame, hitting .500 with four kills. However, the Cardinals came out with the 25-19 win.

The Hokies retake the court on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at NC State before facing North Carolina on Sunday.

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