After losing a fierce game Friday night at NC State in the ACC opener, the Virginia volleyball team defeated North Carolina (25-17, 15-25, 26-24, 25- 21) Sunday for the AVU’s first ACC win since 2019 and the biggest win in Shannon Wells’ young head coaching career.
Virginia started strong in the first set, winning eight of the last ten points to win the opening set 25-17. Alana Walker had four kills in the first set and finished with a double-double of 10 kills and 11 blocks, a high for the team.
North Carolina responded with a similar run at the end of the second set, starting an 8-2 run to win the set and even the game at 1-1.
In Friday’s 3-1 loss to NC State, the Cavaliers followed the Wolf Pack but were outplayed at the end of each set. On Sunday, Virginia improved dramatically in this area.
North Carolina led 22-20 before the UVA went 6-1 to win the set. Freshman Brooklyn Borum recorded two-point wins in a row to win it. Borum led Virginia with 14 kills and 11 digs in the game.
The fourth set was again hotly contested, but the Cavaliers used a 4-1 streak to take the fourth set by a score of 25-21 to secure the victory. UVA beat an ACC opponent for the first time since the Hoos defeated Virginia Tech in straight sets on November 27, 2019.
Grace Turner recorded eight kills and three aces and Mary Shaffer added 11 kills. Ashley Le had 23 assists.
With the win, Virginia improves to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.
Next, the Hoos will play their third straight ACC road game at No.4 and undefeated in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.
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