Match 1: Box Score | Tournament Central
Match 2: Box Score
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Columbia volleyball team dropped a pair of matches at the Cavalier Classic on Saturday, falling to host Virginia by a 3-1 score before coming up just short in a five-set battle against Seton Hall.
Senior Savannah Fletcher was named to the All-Tournament team after a weekend of impressive play that included 27 kills and nine blocks.
Match 1 Recap:
The Lions dropped a 3-1 decision to host Virginia on the second day of the Cavalier Classic Saturday by scores of 23-25, 22-25, 26-24,19-25.
Down 0-2 on the match, Columbia rallied with a third set victory that was pushed into extra points, but the comeback attempt fell short in the fourth.
Leading the way for the Lions was sophomore Atlanta Moye-McLaren's double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs. Fletcher had a solid outing with four blocks (two solo) and eight kills on a .438 attack. First-year Jennifer Petrovich once again paced the Lions offensively with a double-double of 39 assists and 11 digs.
Virginia improved to 6-5 on the season after four different Cavaliers put up double digit kill performances. Tori Janowski, ranked No. 31 in the nation in kills per set, posted a match-high 18 kills.
Match 2 Recap:
Columbia came out roaring in the second match of the day against Seton Hall, capturing the first two sets before the Pirates rallied with a comeback victory. The Lions grabbed 25-17, 25-22 wins but fell by scores of 19-25, 17-25, 15-11 in the final three sets.
Springer dominated on the attack for the Lions, setting new career-bests with a match-high 22 kills and 12 digs, while Fletcher added another 12 kills.
Columbia was leading Seton hall two matches to none before a back-and-forth battle ensued in set three. Neither team held more than a two-point lead up to a 17-all tie. Two consecutive Seton Hall kills force a Columbia timeout. The Pirates held on, outscoring the Lions 8-2 over the next points to push a fourth set.
The Lions shot out to a 3-0 advantage in the fourth set thanks to kills by Moye-McLaren and first-year Zoe Jacobs, but the Pirates came back with a 7-1 run that gave them the lead for good.
Another tight battle broke out in the fifth set. With the score knotted 11-all, the Pirates scored four unaswered points for the win.
Columbia returns to action with its Ivy League opener at Cornell next Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m.