Volleyball suffers winless weekend at Kentucky tournament
Virginia falls to host Hilltoppers, UNLV, Ohio at Western Kentucky Invitational
The Virginia volleyball team competed in the Western Kentucky Invitational this weekend, falling to No. 21 Western Kentucky Friday and to UNLV and Ohio Saturday.
In their opening match, the Cavaliers (4-5) took on the host Hilltoppers (7-4). Virginia split the first two sets, falling 25-23 and winning 18-25, but Western Kentucky took the final two 25-19, 25-19 to win the match 3-1. Sophomore Lauren Fuller put up a double-double with 48 assists and 13 digs.
Virginia was once again defeated by a 3-1 margin in Saturday’s first match, falling to the Rebels (4-5) by the scores of 18-25, 25-19, 25-23 26-24. Junior Tori Janowski tallied 21 kills — her third match this season with at least 20.
The last match of the weekend saw the Cavaliers jump out to a 2-0 lead against the Bobcats (8-1), taking the first two sets 13-25 and 22-25. But Ohio bounced back to take the final three 25-21, 25-14, and 15-11 to win the match 3-2. Freshman Haley Kole led Virginia with 19 kills in the match.
Junior Mallory Woolridge played perhaps her best weekend of the season in the losing efforts, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. She recorded 15 blocks and 29 kills with a .393 hitting percentage, and her seven blocks against Ohio were a season high. Woolridge has returned to being a key contributor after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.
Virginia returns to action next weekend at home in the Cavalier Classic. The team will host Seton Hall, Columbia and William & Mary.