ACC: Virginia Outlasts BC; Pitt, Louisville Stay Perfect at 5-0

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 06th, 2018 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor

ACC Roundup

  • Oct. 5

Six of the seven home teams won in ACC play on Friday night with Virginia Tech upsetting Georgia Tech the lone exception. It took five sets, but Virginia held home court vs. Boston College.

Pittsburgh kept its spot among the nation’s last two unbeatens at 16-0, while Louisville kept pace with the Panthers in the ACC at 5-0, winning its sixth straight match with a sweep of Duke.


Louisville def. Duke 3-0

Pittsburgh def. Syracuse 3-1

Florida State def. NC State 3-0

Virginia def. Boston College 3-2

Virginia Tech def. Georgia Tech 3-0

Miami def. North Carolina 3-1

Notre Dame def. Wake Forest 3-1


School Overall Pct. Conf CPct.

Louisville def. Duke 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21)


  • Louisville hit at an error-free .552 clip in Set 1 (16-0-29) and remainder above .250 the rest of the night, outhitting Duke .364 to .152.
  • Melanie McHenry downed 15 kills at a .367 clip and Megan Sloan added 11, while hitting .500 to pace the Cardinals. Ade Owokoniran was tops for Duke with eight kills, hitting .333 (8-2-18).
  • Louisville trailed 16-13 in Set 3, before turning it around with a 6-0 run en route to the 25-21 finish.

Pittsburgh def. Syracuse 3-1 (25-9, 25-23, 23-25, 25-11)


  • Pittsburgh extends its win streak to 16 matches, its longest since 1987 (24 matches), while starting 5-0 in the ACC for the second straight year.
  • Pitt hit .333 or better in the three sets it won, but managed just a .167 effort in Set 3. Syracuse fell apart in Set 4, hitting -.160 (5-9-25).
  • The Orange boasted a 15-10 lead in blocks, but were outdone by the Panthers in every other statistical category: kills (65-38), hitting efficiency (.319 to .157) and aces (2-1).
  • Kayla Lund turned in a 21-kill, 12-dig double-double to lead Pitt, while Nika Markovic (18) and Layne Van Buskirk (11) also posted double-digit efforts. Van Buskirk also put up nine blocks.
  • Polina Shemanova paced Syracuse with 10 kills and eight digs. Santita Ebangwese notched 10 blocks, while Jalissa Trotter added six stuffs.
  • Eight errors aided Pitt in the final 25-11 decision. Van Buskirk  added in three kills and four blocks.

Florida State def. NC State 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22)


  • FSU hit .379 for the match (to .186) and piled up 11 blocks (to 2) in the victory.
  • Payton Caffrey notched a match-high 14 kills to lead FSU, while Taryn Knuth added six putaways and a team-best eight blocks.
  • Melissa Evans (12) and Teni Sopitan (10) paced the Wolfpack.
  • The Seminoles led by as many as five (18-13) in Set 3, before holding off late NC State charges, slimming the margin to one at 19-18 and thwarting the team’s first match-point try at 24-22. A service error capped the night.

Virginia def. Boston College 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 22-25, 16-14)


  • Virginia put up 19 blocks, the second most ever by the Cavaliers in a five set match, behind a 13-stuff effort by Milla Ciprian. Ciprian’s 13 blocks (3 solo, 10 assists) were the most by a UVA player since 2007.
  • Virginia outhit BC .272 to .157, including a .550 effort in Set 5.
  • Sarah Billiard put down a match-high 24 kills, while hitting at a .373 clip for Virginia. Grace Turner followed with a 15-kill, 14-dig double-double.
  • Clare Naughton notched her first career double-double for BC with 16 kills and 14 digs.
  • BC led 8-4 in Set 5, but Virginia tied it up at 8. Later, trailing 13-11, a pair of blocks pulled the Cavs even again at 13. The Eagles had the first match-point try at 14-13, but a kill and a block by Ciprian and a hitting error claimed the victory for Virginia.

Virginia Tech def. Georgia Tech 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-15)


  • The Hokies registered their first win over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta since 2010.
  • After getting off to a slow start, Virginia got better offensively throughout the match, ending the night with an error-free .385 effort (10-0-26). The Hokies hit .301 on the night, while holding the Jackets to a .210 effort.
  • Virginia Tech served up 10 aces, three by Ester Talamazzi and two each by Carol Raffety, Kylie Thomas and Sarah Jane Lynch.
  • Kaity Smith registered a 12-kill, 14-dig double-double to lead the Hokies. Talamazzi added 11 kills and 11 digs to her three-ace tally.
  • Marisa Cerchio led the way at the net with eight blocks to go with seven putaways and a .400 hitting effort.
  • Mikaila Dowd was the lone Georgia Tech player to post double-digit kills with 11 to go with eight digs.
  • After a tie at 12 in Set 3, it was nearly all Virginia Tech as the Hokies wrapped up the match on a 13-3 run, including two Talamazzi aces and one by Raffety. Smith notched three kills in a final 7-0 push.

Miami def. North Carolina 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 25-18)


  • Miami remained perfect at home in ACC play with the win and moved to 5-1 at home on the year.
  • The Hurricanes were better offensively, outdoing UNC 58-50 in kills and .250 to .216 in efficiency. The Tar Heels served up five aces (to 4).
  • Kolby Bird (16), Chloe Brown (12), Bridget Wallenberger (11) and Elizaveta Lukianova (11) paced Miami offensively. Wallenberger hit at a match-high .526 clip, while Brown rounded out a double-double with 21 digs.
  • Madison Laufenberg notched a career-high 16 kills to pace UNC. Destiny Cox added 13 kills, while Ava Bell added 11 putaways. Hunter Atherton turned in a 39-assist, 15-dig double-double.
  • It was a two-point game late in Set 4 at 19-17 Miami before the Hurricanes poured on six of the final seven points, three on UNC miscues.

Notre Dame def. Wake Forest 3-1


  • Notre Dame served up four aces and outdid Wake Forest 56-48 in kills.
  • The Fighting Irish hit at a match-best .317 clip in the 25-20 Set 4 win.
  • Jemma Yeadon (16), Sydney Bent (15) and Charley Niego (14) carried the offensive load for the Irish. Niego rounded out a double-double with 14 digs.
  • Myca Mitchell was tops among the Demon Deacons with 15 kills. Caitlyn Della added 10 putaways on a team-best .308 hitting effort.
  • The teams were tied at 17 in the final stanza, before the Irish ended the night on a 8-3 run. Yeadon issued the final blow.

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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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