Blacksburg, Va. —The Virginia Tech volleyball team defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts in three sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-12) Friday at Cassel Coliseum to close out the Virginia Tech Classic.
The non-conference win improved the Hokies’ overall record to 7-4 on the season and 5-0 at home. Tech has yet to drop a set in Blacksburg this season.
Sidney Peterson He finished the two games with a .395 hitting percentage and 19 kills and was named tournament MVP. She averaged 20 points per set on the weekend for the Hokies, averaging 3.17 kills, including two blocks. Cera Powell He was also named to the All-Tournament Team. She had 24 kills over the two matches, hitting .296 with 4.00 kills per set.
In the win over the Catamounts, Powell finished with 10 kills on the day to lead the Hokies’ offense, a hitting percentage of .269. Maddie Sledge had another strong game defensively, turning in 20 digs during the match. The Hokies recorded six blocks, with five of them coming Amaya Roberson.
» Tech posted a .396 team hitting percentage
» Brie Postema He had a match-high three aces.
» Eight Hokies had at least one kill
» Virginia Tech didn’t go on the road to win the first set 25-15.
» Cera Powell Had a match-high 10 kills for Virginia Tech.
» Virginia Tech got a matchup of 20 degrees Maddie Slagle.
» Virginia Tech’s forwards dished out a match-high 20 assists. Hannah Borer.
How did it happen?
The Hokies took control of the first point and never won the first 25-15. Tech’s offense got going early, hitting .394 in the first set, led by Powell hitting .300 with four kills. The Hokies also added three aces, as Brie Postema He recorded two of them. Hannah Borer He recorded seven assists in the first set.
Virginia Tech went on a roll after losing in St. One with a 25-21 victory in St. Two. The Hokies never held the advantage more than 5 points at 17-16 in a set that featured four lead changes before taking over in the second half. The hockey offense was spread across seven players who recorded at least one kill. Tech also registered three blocks, as Annabelle Zier and Roberson each had two block assists.
Virginia Tech then finished with a 25-12 victory at number three. Tech posted a .464 hitting percentage in the third, and held Western Carolina to a -.033 hitting percentage. Peterson and Powell each had three kills, while Slagle added eight digs. Bohrer and Postema assisted the Hawkeyes with a total of 11 assists between the two.
The Hokies open ACC play next weekend, traveling to Clemson for a Friday matchup with the Tigers. Tech continues its road trip on Sunday, heading to Atlanta for a matchup against Georgia Tech.
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