UVA Volleyball: Liberty drops ‘Hoos in three sets

uva athleticsUVA (3-4) was unable to find the crucial points in a 25-23, 25-22, 30-28 loss to Liberty (4-2) on Tuesday evening in Memorial Gymnasium.

Senior Jelena Novakovic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Virginia with 10 kills on the night. Liberty was paced by Amelia Johnson who floored 18 kills for the Flames. Casey Goodwin added another 13 kills for Liberty.

SET 1: Liberty 25-23

The match opened with a tight first set, as both teams traded points to a 10-10 score. Liberty scored the next three points, capped by a block, to build a 13-10 lead. The lead held until 22-19, when Virginia mounted a rally.

The Cavaliers used a kill from Jayna Francis (Virginia Beach, Va.) to pull within one at 23-22, but Liberty saw the set out with a kill from Johnson.

SET 2: Liberty 25-22

Johnson recorded seven kills in the middle set to give Liberty the 2-0 lead. After falling behind 15-10, Virginia once again found its way back within a single point. A 3-0 Cavalier run, capped by a Novakovic ace, made it 23-22 Liberty.

Once again, the Flames had the answer with a kill from Johnson and an error to close the set.

SET 3: Liberty 30-28

In a thriller of a final set, Virginia and Liberty played well into extras. Johnson was again key for Liberty, flooring another seven kills. Virginia staved off a pair of match points at 24-22, using a kill from Novakovic and an ace from Milla Ciprian (St. John’s, Fla.) to draw even.

A Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.) kill gave Virginia set point at 27-26, but a service error spoiled the opportunity. A Virginia error at 28-28 was followed by a kill from Goodwin to close the match.

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