Virginia Volleyball loses to No.2 Pittsburgh in straight sets
The AVU volleyball team entered Wednesday night’s game in Pittsburgh feeling good. The Hoos had just beaten North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday for their first ACC victory since 2019 and improved their overall record to 8-4, the best start to the UVA volleyball season since 2015.
The Cavaliers certainly had their work cut out for them, playing on the road against the 12-0, No.2-ranked Panthers.
Virginia trailed in the first set, but the Hoos were eventually outmatched and lost to Pitt in straight sets (19-25, 15-25, 15-25).
Pittsburgh won the game’s first four points and led up to five points in the first set, but UVA rallied to reduce the deficit to just one at 19-18. After a time out, the Panthers recorded six straight points to end the Cavaliers’ hopes of stealing a set.
The Panthers were much more precise in the second set, using several long runs to build a 20-7 lead, before closing the set 25-15.
In the third and final set, Virginia’s sloppy play helped Pittsburgh forge another sizable lead and the Panthers won the game with another 25-15 victory.
Grace Turner had seven kills and four digs to lead Virginia. Mary Shaffer added six kills, while Brooklyn Borum and Alana Walker had 4 each. Ashley Le recorded 10 assists and six digs in the game.
The Cavaliers did well to support the Pittsburgh races and stay competitive with the Panthers, especially in the first set. But eventually, it became clear that Virginia has a lot of work to do before she can compete with a team of Pittsburgh’s caliber.
Virginia’s loss to Pittsburgh ended a three-game road streak to start the game against the ACC. The AVU’s record for the season is 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCA. The Cavaliers return home to face Duke on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
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