Robby Hamman | November 13, 2017
Notre Dame (19-8, 9-7 ACC) won its third straight match on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion, rolling to a straight-set win over Virginia (7-19, 3-13 ACC) by a score of 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-17). The victory gives the Irish a sweep of the Cavaliers in the season series.
Senior Caroline Holt put the Irish hitters in good spots all match, as the setter racked up 35 assists over the three sets of play. Sophomore Jemma Yeadon posted a team-high 13 kills and finished with a hitting percentage of .306 to lead Notre Dame. Senior Sydney Kuhn also had a noteworthy performance, finishing with a team-high 16 digs and eight kills.
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second time in as many outings, the Irish got off to a blistering start in the match. Notre Dame won eight of the first nine points in the first frame to take an early 8-1 lead over the Cavaliers. Virginia tried to get back into the set, cutting the Irish lead to three at 14-11 but Notre Dame responded by taking nine of the next 10 points and won the opener 25-18.
Virginia kept the second set much more competitive than the first but Notre Dame still led for the majority of the stanza and pulled out a 25-22 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Sam Fry had a big second-set performance, registering five kills on seven swings to help the Irish hit .250 for the frame.
After the 10-minute intermission, the Irish came out and made quick work of the Cavaliers in the third set, winning the frame 25-17 to complete the sweep at 3-0. Similar to the first set, the Irish built a large early lead and never relinquished it, as the squad held a 12-3 advantage through 15 points. Notre Dame's lead never fell below six points before closing out the set and winning the match 3-0. The Irish saved their best-attacking performance for last on Sunday, posting a hitting percentage of .333 off 16 kills in the third.