The Virginia women's volleyball team lost in straight sets to Wake Forest Friday night but improved its mental approach and determination overnight to defeat Florida State, 3-1 (15-9, 14-16, 15-8, 15-6), and shoot back into the ACC title race. "Our match was just a mental test and we did really well tonight," Cav coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton said.
Led by a record-breaking performance from senior middle blocker Deanna Zwarich, the Cavalier women's volleyball team ended a four-match losing streak by squeezing out a three-hour 3-2 win against Duke. The Cavs (5-6, 1-0 ACC) had to rally to take the last two games after the Blue Devils (9-4, 0-1) grabbed a 2-1 lead. "We started out well and then relaxed a little bit in the second and third games," Zwarich said.
Despite having only three seniors, the Virginia women's volleyball team rose above its youth and inexperience to win two of three matches over the weekend, earning them second place in the Jefferson Cup Tournament. The Cavaliers (2-1) defeated Kentucky Saturday, 3-1, and split a pair of matches Friday, taking a 3-1 win over William and Mary before losing to Georgetown, 3-0. Saturday against the Wildcats (1-2), the Cavs won the first two games, 15-13 and 15-8.
With only three seniors, two returning starters and no juniors, the Virginia women's volleyball team needs its stellar incoming freshman class to contribute mightily if it is to continue its climb to national prominence. The current Cavalier recruits were ranked as the sixth best class in the nation by Volleyball Magazine, making it Virginia's highest-ranked recruiting class ever.
After shocking No. 1 Florida State in the second game of a three-game series last weekend, one would imagine the Cavalier baseball team would be ready to destroy Richmond, a squad that entered yesterday's contest at Virginia with a seven-game losing streak. However, the in-state rival Spiders bombarded the injury-plagued Cavaliers (15-18-1, 3-6 ACC) for 18 hits and a 16-8 upset at U.Va.
On a cold, rainy day at The Park, the Virginia softball team found a way to steal a pair of wins from Harvard yesterday. The Cavaliers (13-15) swept Harvard (2-12) with a pair of shutouts in the doubleheader, winning 4-0 and 8-0, respectively. "The first game we really jumped out and took advantage of them playing in and hit some balls over their heads," Cav coach Cheryl Sprangel said.