CHICAGO, Ill. — The Virginia Tech volleyball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead but couldn’t hold on and fell in four sets (25-20, 20-25, 9-25, 21-25) to the Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena . .
The Hokies are now 5-4 on the season.
Sydney Petersen finished with nine kills on the day to lead the Hokies offense while finishing with a .318 hitting percentage. The Hokies also got seven digs from Logan Mosley to lead them in defense. The Hokie block was spread across six players, with Petersen leading the way with three total.
» Lucky-Rose Williams had a team-high three aces in the loss.
» Sydney Petersen had a game-high nine kills for Virginia Tech.
» Virginia Tech got a team-high seven digs from Logan Mosley.
» Virginia Tech’s forwards were helped by a team-high 20 assists Hannah Borer.
How It Happened
The Hokies took the set 25-20, powered by a solid performance on the offensive end. Virginia Tech posted a .385 hitting percentage with 13 kills in the set win. Ava Francisku had a solid first set, posting four kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Virginia Tech also supplemented their attack with three aces in the opening set.
Virginia Tech dropped the second set 25-20 to tie the match 1-1. The Hokies hit .235 in the second set but were outscored by the Billikens who hit .419. Six different players recorded a kill for Saint Louis.
The third set was all Saint Louis, who took the third set 25-9. The Billikens hit five service aces to go along with 12 kills and two blocks to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Virginia Tech lost the fourth set and the match, falling 25-21. Saint Louis grabbed the lead for good at 15-14 and Virginia Tech was never able to recover in a set that was tied four times before the Billikens took over in the second half of the set. Elayna Duprey AND Annabelle Zier each had four kills in the final set, while Brie Postema added seven assists.
The Hokies are back in action next week, hosting the Virginia Tech Classic that begins Thursday. Tech will host Norfolk State, App State and Western Carolina.