Aug 31, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--The Virginia volleyball team won both matches Saturday (Aug. 31) to win the Jefferson Cup at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-1 victory over James Madison and a 3-0 sweep against Montana.
"We'll take three wins anytime," head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. "We found different ways to win. I don't think we were great this afternoon, but we chipped away and at times tonight, we were really good. Yesterday was a good starting point and this is an even better starting point to work off of."
Junior Tori Janowski (Sterling, Va.) was named the Jefferson Cup Most Valuable Player after averaging 5.3 kills per set throughout the weekend. Senior Emily Rottman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore transfer Lauren Fuller (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
In the first match, the Cavaliers defeated James Madison, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15 and 26-24, in a closely contested match. UVa lead the Dukes (1-2) in hitting percentage by a slim margin, .244 to .234.
Virginia limited its hitting errors in the third and fourth sets, giving up only six points after hitting 18 the first two sets. Additionally, UVa forced JMU into 16 errors the last two sets after the Dukes only hit four the first two frames.
Rottman led the Cavaliers from the back row, earning a game-high 26 digs, while Janowski recorded 20 kills and nine digs. Fuller dished out a game-high 46 assists.
Janowski teamed with freshmen Jasmine Burton (White Hills, Calif.) and Haley Kole (Tallahassee, Fla.) to give Virginia three hitters with double-digit kills for the second consecutive game. Kole notched 15 kills, while Burton added 12. Another freshman, Karlie Suber (Mechanicsville, Va.) tallied her first collegiate double-double with 12 digs and 10 assists.
Against Montana (1-2), both teams hit extremely well, but Virginia came out on top, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-23. UVa hit .392 overall, while the Grizzlies hit .323.
In the first set, the Cavaliers hit .375 with 15 kills, including eight by Janowski, on the way to a 25-16 win. UVa hit even better in the second frame with a .455 percentage with 18 kills. The Cavaliers edged Montana in the third set, 25-23. A Janowski ace and a Kole kill finished off the match for UVa.
Janowski had a game-high 21 kills, while Kole tallied 13 kills with only one error. Fuller notched a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs.
In other Jefferson Cup action Saturday, Marshall defeated Montana, 3-1, and JMU came from behind to defeat Marshall, 3-2.
The Cavaliers return to action next weekend when they travel west to compete in a tournament at Pepperdine Sept. 6-7 in Malibu, Calif. UVa plays Colorado State on Friday evening and host Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.
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