After spending four of the previous five weekends on the road, the Virginia Tech volleyball team returned home this past weekend and picked up a pair of wins over Boston College and Syracuse.
“This weekend went really well,” said senior middle blocker Victoria Hamsher. “It was nice to get two wins under our belt especially since we were home again.”
The team opened up their weekend on Friday against Boston College. Hamsher led the Hokies hitting .550 on the night and racking up 14 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Bryan tallied 14 kills.
“We were very efficient with our attacking, and we didn’t give away too many free points,” head coach Chris Riley said.
Boston College hung around against Tech, as the first two games saw a total of 18 ties and over 11 lead changes. However, Tech turned things around and took control of the third game early on. The Hokies jumped out to a 14-4 run and eventually won the game 25-14.
“We made a lot less errors in the third game against BC,” Hamsher said. “In the first two we committed a lot of errors. Before the third game we talked about not committing as many errors and that’s exactly what we did.”
In the game against Syracuse the Hokies’ attacking game was just as strong. In that game it was Bryan who led the Hokies with 16 kills and hitting .361 on the night.
“I thought Bryan did fantastic this weekend filling in for Lindsey Owens, and we will look for her to be able to contribute at any point,” Riley said.
The Hokies notched the first two games of the set with scores of 25-19 and 25-15. However, the Orange mixed things up in the third game and it took some time for the Hokies to adjust.
“They moved a rotation around and we couldn’t adjust well defensively. We should have, we just weren’t great defensively that set. We picked it up later on but they had already built a big enough lead,” Riley said.
Tech cleaned up its act in the fourth game and rolled to the 25-21 win notching the game and the set.
“We were disappointed in our attitude in the third game—we didn’t have a bad attitude—but we weren’t on our game like the first and second game,” junior right side Kathryn Caine said. “In the fourth game we refocused and took care of business.”
The team will have to be on top of its game this weekend, as they will face ACC powerhouses North Carolina and North Carolina State. Consistency in serve receive will be key for the Hokies' success this weekend.
“We’ve been trying to work on a lot of serve receive and staying in system,” Bryan said. “We are focusing on passing first because we have a really good offense so we can get the ball to them and get good outcomes.”
“I think this weekend will be really fun in the fact that it will be two really good games,” Caine said. “NC State is also the reason we didn’t go to the NCAA tournament last year so we have a little bit of beef with them. So I think this weekend will be a weekend that will prove if we can play the way we’ve been practicing to play.”
The team will open weekend play with NC State Friday night at 7, and will conclude with UNC Saturday night at 6 in their PINK! Breast Cancer Awareness game.