ACC rivals down troubled Virginia team
Maryland and Boston College handed the Virginia volleyball team two more losses this past weekend, extending the Cavaliers' losing streak to six matches. Virginia (6-9, 0-5 ACC) has not won a match since Sept. 11 and remains winless in both regular season and conference play.
After falling to two top-25 teams last weekend, the Cavaliers entered this weekend confident that they could notch their first two wins in more than three weeks. But after two more disappointing matches, the post-game locker room talk which coach Lee Maes gave his squad following last week's loss against Miami may not have been as effective as he had hoped.
Despite the less-than-desirable results of this weekend's slate, the Cavaliers showed resiliency during its bouts against the Terrapins (9-8, 3-2 ACC) and the Eagles (6-10, 2-3 ACC). Virginia traded shots with Maryland throughout the first four sets before falling during the fifth 15-13 and resisted a Boston College sweep by claiming the second set before dropping the final two by a combined 11 points.
Junior middle blocker Jessica O'Shoney led the team offensively during the weekend, recording 31 total kills, while senior outside hitter Simone Asque added 29 of her own. Defensively, senior outside hitter Tess Udall tallied an impressive 41 total digs against the two ACC foes.
Virginia welcomes Wake Forest and Duke to Charlottesville this weekend.
-compiled by Charles Holtsford