Syracuse spoils seniors’ day for UVA volleyball

The Virginia volleyball program celebrated its graduation promotion ahead of the AVU game against Syracuse on Sunday.

Seniors Alana Walker, Kristen Leland and Milla Ciprian, who retired from volleyball but remained with the team as a student coach this season, were honored ahead of the game.

The celebration ended abruptly when the game began, as Syracuse took the first four points and clinched a dominant straight-set victory over Virginia to give the Cavaliers their 12th straight loss.

Orange led end to end in the first set behind seven kills from Marina Markova, who finished the game with 18 kills in total. Syracuse won the first set 25-19.

After falling 8-3 early in the second set, Virginia rallied to close the gap and even took the lead at 13-12. But, the Orange eventually overtook the Cavaliers and won the set 25-22.

Behind four kills from Alana Walker, UVA took a 10-6 lead to start the third set. Walker led Virginia with 12 kills and two blocks, while Grace Turner added 11 kills and six digs. Syracuse won six of the next eight points to tie the set at 12-12. From there, the teams traded small leads until Syracuse went 5-2 to establish match point at 24-21. Brooklyn Borum recorded a kill to ward off Syracuse for a point, but the Orange won the match with another Marina Markova kill.

Borum had five eliminations and 10 blocks in the game. Ashley Le recorded 20 assists and six digs and Hannah Prendergast had 16 assists.

With the loss, Virginia drops to 8-16 overall and 1-13 in the ACC game. Next, UVA hits the road to play Wake Forest on Friday night, before returning home next Sunday to face North Carolina, the only team Virginia has beaten in an ACC game this season.

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