Charlottesville, Va. - The NC State volleyball team dropped a close contest to Virginia, 3-1, on Saturday, Sept. 23, in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavaliers took the first (30-22), third (30-19) and fourth (34-32) games in the win, while the Pack took the second (26-30). With the loss, the red and white fall to 2-10 (0-3 ACC) on the season, while Virginia climbs to 9-3 (2-1 ACC).
Allison Davis offered a .400 hitting percentage for NC State, tossing up 35 assists and adding 23 digs and five blocks. Keshia Raibon contributed 19 kills and nine digs, while Jessica Williams put in 11 kills and 14 digs. Janay Yancey had a hand in five blocks, while Aiwane Iboaya contributed to four.
Virginia out-hit NC State .298 to .162 in a dominating first game, drilling 20 kills as opposed to the Pack’s 12. The red and white, which has struggled in second games all season, regrouped to collect a four-point win in the second stanza.
Youth and mental mistakes began to pile on in the third game, as nine Pack errors led to a smooth Cavalier decision.
But the Pack certainly didn’t give up in the fourth game, putting together one of its better frames of the season. With Virginia serving for match point, Raibon and Chrissy Zirpolo each drilled back-to-back kills to force extended play. The hosting Cavaliers experience got the upper hand, however, as Virginia took the game and match on consecutive points following several back-and-forth point exchanges.
NC State will return to the courts next Wednesday, Sept. 27, with an ACC match against the Duke Blue Devils. The contest will begin at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus.