ACC: Upsets Abound as Pitt Suffers 1st Loss; Louisville falls to Syracuse

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 28th, 2018 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor, News


  • Oct. 28, 2018

The top of the standings remains in tact with Pittsburgh on top at 11-1 and Louisville and Florida State right behind at 10-2, but Sunday saw surprise results with both the Panthers and Cardinals falling.

Duke handed Pitt its first loss of the season, snapping a 23-match win streak, while Syracuse bested Louisville in five sets to allow the Seminoles to draw even in second place with a sweep of Virginia Tech.


  • Duke def. Pittsburgh 3-1
  • Syracuse def. Louisville 3-2
  • Florida State def. Virginia Tech 3-0
  • Clemson at North Carolina 3-0
  • Virginia def. Wake Forest 3-0
  • Georgia Tech def. NC State 3-0
  • Notre Dame at Boston College 3-1

Updated Standings

School ACC Overall
Pittsburgh 11-1 23-1
Louisville 10-2 17-6
Florida State 10-2 14-8
Miami 9-3 13-6
Syracuse 9-3 13-7
Notre Dame 8-4 14-8
Duke 7-5 13-8
Georgia Tech 4-8 15-10
Virginia Tech 4-8 13-11
Clemson 4-8 13-12
NC State 4-8 10-12
Boston College 3-9 13-11
Wake Forest 3-9 8-16
Virginia 3-9 7-15
North Carolina 1-11 5-16

Duke def. #8 Pittsburgh 3-1 (18-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22)


  • Duke handed Pitt its first loss of the season, snapping a 23-match win streak. The victory was the first over a ranked foe for the Blue Devils in 2018.
  • Duke outblocked Pitt 13-9 and outhit the visitors .316 to .250 for the match.
  • Payton Schwantz registered 17 kills, nine digs and four blocks to pace Duke, while Ade Owokoniran (14 kills), Leah Meyer (11 kills, 9 blocks, .364) and Andie Shelton (22 assists, 8 kills, 10 digs, .571) followed.
  • Layne Van Buskirk and Nika Markovic each put down a match-high 18 kills, while Kayla Lund chipped in 14 putaways.
  • After falling behind 15-12  in Set 4, Pittsburgh used a 6-1 run to turn that into a two-point lead at 18-16. Trailing 20-19, Duke turned it on, posting a final 6-2 rally to issue the Panthers their first loss. Schwantz issued the final blow.

Syracuse def. Louisville 3-2  (21-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 15-13)


  • Seven aces and a 67-58 advantage in kills was not enough to lift Louisville to victory on Sunday. Syracuse boasted a .299 to .250 edge in hitting efficiency and a 10-9 lead in blocks, and had help from 14 UofL service errors.
  • Louisville hit over .420 in the two sets it won: .471 in Set 1 and .423 in Set 3, and outhit Syracuse .179 to .158 in the finale. The Orange hit .342 in Set 2 and .321 in Set 4, after a .414 effort in Set 1.
  • Polina Shemanova downed 19 kills and Ella Saada added 14-kill, 11-dig double-double to pace Syracuse. Dana Valelly also notched a double-double with 29 assists and 11 digs.
  • Melanie McHenry posted a match-high 22 kills, while Jasmine Bennett (16) and Marijke Van Dyke (14) followed. All three players hit .320 or better, led by Bennett’s .387 effort.
  • Down 4-1 in Set 5, Syracuse scored four in a row, including two Christina Oyawale blocks to go up 5-4. Louisville was back on top at 9-7 after a 3-0 run featuring two McHenry putaways. Trailing 11-9, the Orange closed out the match on a 6-2 run. A hitting error and a service error capped the victory.

Florida State def. Virginia Tech 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-23)


  • FSU outhit the Hokies .351 to .097 with help from a 12-3 blocking advantage.
  • The Seminoles were led by Payton Caffrey, who posted 14 kills on a .444 hitting effort. Taryn Knuth added nine kills and nine blocks, while hitting .353. Ashley Murray tacked on eight putaways on an error-free .615 clip.
  • Kaity Smith (13) and Jaila Tolberg (12) were tops offensively for Virginia Tech.
  • The teams tied 11 times in Set 3, last at 19. From there, FSU scored six of the final 10 points for the victory. Knuth posted a kill and a block and Caffrey downed three kills to set up the final putaway by Ashley Murray on the Seminoles’ second match point try.

Clemson at North Carolina 3-0 (26-24, 29-27, 25-20)


  • Clemson was better in every scoring category in the match: kills (49-44), aces (5-2) and blocks (12-8), while outhitting the Tar Heels .271 to .236.
  • Brooke Bailey was the lone Tiger to post double-digit kills with 15 on a .289 hitting effort to go with three blocks. Solei Thomas (8) and Ava Pritchard (7) followed. Pritchard also added a team-best five blocks.
  • Destiny Cox and Skylar Wine turned in 11 kills apiece to pace North Carolina. Wine hit .308 and rounded out a double-double with 12 digs and three blocks.
  • After six ties, the last at 18, Clemson found itself down 20-18 in Set 3 and called a timeout. The team answered the call after that rattling off seven straight points out of the break to seal the win. Three Tar Heel errors and a block and a kill by Bailey set up the final point, which came on a Thomas putaway.

Virginia def. Wake Forest 3-0


  • Virginia outhit Wake Forest .255 to .098 and outblocked the Demon Deacons 13-3. The 13 stuffs were the most in a three-set match by the Cavaliers since 2006.
  • It was offense by committee for Virginia, with five players posting five or more kills. Kat Young led the way with eight putaways on a .500 hitting effort. Christine Jarman and Milla Ciprian added seven apiece. Ciprian also added 10 blocks, the second most in a three-set match in school history.
  • Wake Forest’s Myca Mitchell was the lone player in the match to post double-digit kills, notching 10 while hitting .200. Caroline Rassenfoss chipped in seven kills on a .250 hitting effort.
  • Virginia scored the first five points of Set 3 and later led 13-8, before succumbing to a 8-0 Demon Deacon run capped by three straight Cavalier miscues. Down 18-15, UVA tied it up at 18 with back to back aces by Jennifer Wineholt. Facing a 21-19 deficit, the Cavaliers wrapped up the sweep with a 6-0 run, including two Ciprian stuffs.

Georgia Tech def. NC State 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 26-24)


  • The Yellow Jackets outhit the Wolfpack .323 to .144, including a .440 effort in Set 2. Georgia Tech also bested NC State in kills (41-32), aces (4-1) and blocks (6-5).
  • Mariana Brambilla and Mikaila Dowd notched 13 kills apiece to pace Georgia Tech. Dowd hit .385 and rounded out a double-double with 12 digs, while Brambilla chipped in nine digs while hitting .263.
  • Melissa Evans downed nine kills to lead NC State, while Teni Sopitan added seven putaways.
  • NC State started Set 3 on a 5-0 run, but watched it evaporate into a 12-10 Georgia Tech lead. The Yellow Jackets grabbed the advantage with a 5-0 run of its own, including a kill and an ace by Dowd. The teams tied nine times after that before Georgia Tech claimed the 26-24 win on its second match-point try. A service error coupled with a block by Kodie Comby and Dowd finished off the match.

Notre Dame def. Boston College 3-1 (16-25, 25-8, 25-18, 25-20)


  • Notre Dame piled up 20.5 blocks to just five for BC in the victory, while outhitting the Eagles .166 to .033.
  • Boston College committed 35 hitting errors in the match, with 13 in Set 2 and 11 in Set 4, hitting -.300 and -.023 respectively.
  • Sydney Bent (16) and Charley Niego (10) downed double-digit kill tallies to lift the Irish to victory. Niego rounded out a double-double with 13 digs and four blocks, while Bent tacked on eight blocks and seven digs. Meg Morningstar put up a team-best nine blocks.
  • Cat Balido tallied 12 kills on a .097 effort to lead BC. Jewel Strawberry (8) and Clare Naughton (7) followed.
  • Notre Dame cruised to a 14-8 advantage in Set 3 behind five Bent kills. Boston College rallied to within two at 22-20 with help from six Irish errors. Notre Dame called timeout and finished off the match with three straight blocks, two by Bent, and the final stuff by Niego and Rebecca Nunge.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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