In the final home match and second-to-last regular-season match, the UVA women’s volleyball team (8-19, 1-16 ACC) couldn’t keep pace with the N.C. State Wolfpack (15-12, 9-7 ACC). The Cavaliers lost 22-25, 22-25, and 12-25 on November 20th.
Neither team hit efficiently, as N.C. State finished with a .181 hitting percentage and UVA with .119. The main difference-maker was the 18 service errors the Hoos had during the match, compared to N.C. State’s eight.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 10-4 lead in set one and extended it to 18-8 after Melissa Evans recorded three straight kills. The Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run to bring themselves back in the set. Two blocks, two kills, two N.C. State attack errors and an ace made up the run. However, four service errors late in the set cost the Hoos, who had seven total service errors in the first set.
The second set went back and forth with N.C. State maintaining a three-point lead for most of it. Grace Turner and Abby Tadder combined for a block to bring the score to 22-24, but a service error once again cost the Hoos.
After two close sets, the Wolfpack left no doubt in set three, winning 25-12. Three consecutive kills by Jade Parchment made the score 16-4, and N.C. State cruised to victory from there.
Jade Parchment had 12 kills and 10 digs to pace N.C. State. For the Hoos, Alana Walker had seven kills and five blocks and managed to hit .294, and Mary Shaffer had five kills and hit .417.
The Hoos will travel to Chestnut Hill on November 26th to take on Boston College for the final regular-season match.