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Sarah Kirkwood
Sarah Kirkwood

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

High School:
Plant

Height:
6-0

Position:
Outside Hitter

Club:
Tampa Bay Juniors



Worth Noting--A 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American ... All-ACC First Team performer ... one of the top players in the ACC ... a very accomplished outside hitter ... older sister, Emily, is UVa's starting setter ... first ACC volleyball player to amass 1,000 career kills as a sophomore ... stands seventh on UVa's all-time kills list with 1,085 ... first Cavalier to total 500 kills in two different seasons ... set the school record with nine service aces in a match against Appalachian State (9/16) ... enters the 2006 season averaging a school record 4.68 kills per game ... a 2006 team captain.


2005- Became the third Cavalier to earn All-America honors by capturing AVCA honorable mention accolades ... an AVCA All-East Region First Team selection and also captured All-ACC First Team honors ... tabbed the VaSID Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and was also a first-team VaSID All-State selection ... became the first UVa volleyball player to garner national academic All-America honors when she was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball Second Team ... named to the inaugural All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team ... a VaSID All-State Academic Second Team pick ... named to the Texas A&M/McDonald's Invitational, Marriott Flyer Invitational and Jefferson Cup All-Tournament teams ... registered 1,000th career kill vs. Miami (11/12) and became first ACC player with 1,000 kills as a sophomore ... led team with 531 kills (4.43 per game) and in service aces with 69 ... her average of 0.58 aces per game led the ACC and was 19th among all Division I players ... the 531 kills are third on UVa's single season kills list and the 69 aces rank fifth in school history ... posted a career best .296 hitting percentage, including .303 in ACC play ... tallied 271 digs (2.26 per game) ... led UVa with 13 double-doubles and had double-doubles in 13 of the final 19 matches of the year ... registered double figures in kills in the final 30 matches of the season ... concluded year with a service ace in 13 consecutive matches ... nine matches with 20 or more kills ... set a school record with nine service aces vs. Appalachian State (9/16) ... set a career high with 29 kills vs. Duke (10/7) ... also hit .540 and totaled a career-best 30.5 points in the match against Duke ... equaled career high for points with 30.5 vs. North Carolina (10/28) ... chosen as the ACC Player of the Week Oct. 10 ... named to the 2005-06 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2004--Named ACC Freshman of the Year - the first UVa player to earn the honor ... named VaSID Player of the Year ... received AVCA All-East Region honorable mention accolades ... selected to the All-ACC Second Team and the All-Freshmen Team ... named to the Louisville Courtyard by Marriott All-Tournament Team (9/3-4) ... named to the Inntower Invitational All-Tournament Team (9/17-18) ... started all 30 matches and played in all 112 games ... led the Cavaliers with 554 kills (second on the school's single-season kills list and third among all ACC players) ... sixth in the ACC with 40 service aces ... set a new single-season school record with 1,419 attack attempts ... also set single match school record with 83 attack attempts vs. Duke (9/26) ... reached double digits in kills in 28 of 30 matches including 19 consecutive ... had 12 matches with 20 or more kills ... was second on the team with 11 double-doubles ... hit .611 against VCU (9/8) with 12 kills in 18 attempts with one error ... set a career-high of 28 kills against Louisville (9/3) in second collegiate match ... had a career-best 24 digs against Wake Forest (10/23) to go along with 22 kills ... hit .562 with 18 kills and no errors in 32 attempts against Duquesne (9/10) ... named ACC Player of the Week on September 6 ... named to the 2004-2005 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

High School--Three-year starter for Plant High School ... attended Berkeley Preparatory School as a freshman and was a starter ... served as Plant's team captain in 2003 and helped lead the team to three consecutive state championships (2001, 2002 and 2003) ... named MVP of the state tournament in 2003 and 2001 ... a three-time StudentSports.com High School All-American ... a top 10 finalist for 2004 High School Player of the Year honors ... selected as the 2004 Gatorade Florida Player of the Year ... ranked as the 53rd best player in the class of 2004 by PrepVolleyball.com and 18th best outside hitter ... named Tampa Tribune's 2004 Female Athlete of the Year for academics and athletics ... the 2002 and 2003 St. Petersburg Times' Suncoast Volleyball Player of the Year and the Tampa Tribune's Hillsborough County Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 ... earned first-team All-County and All-District honors four consecutive years ... garnered All-Tournament honors at the Berkeley Premier and Tampa Prep tournaments ... captured All-County, All-Suncoast and All-Conference honors in volleyball and swimming in 2001 ... selected to represent the state of Florida as part of Team Florida for USA Volleyball ... named to the All-Tournament Team at the 17 Open level at the 2002 Junior Olympics as team finished ninth ... helped team to fifth-place finish in the 16 Open division at the 2001 Junior Olympics ... a two-time swimming All-American in the 50 freestyle (2000 and 2001) ... Florida 4A state runner-up in the 50 freestyle in 2001 ... recipient of a 2004 Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar ... President of Black and Gold ... member of Plant High School Hall of Fame ... National Honor Society and Beta Honor Society ... president of the Latin Honor Society in 2002-2003 ... Mu Alpha Theta ... also a member of the Science and Social Studies honor societies ... Zeta Service Club.

Personal--Daughter of Karla and Peter Kirkwood ... born 12/18/85 in Tampa, Fla. ... father played collegiate baseball at Eckerd College and sister (Allison) swam at Stanford ... older sister, Emily, is a third-year on the Virginia volleyball team ... enjoys going to the beach and watching infomercials ... former high school teammate Taylor Russo is also a second-year on the UVa volleyball team ... an Echols scholar at UVa ... member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Why Sarah chose UVa--"UVa offered an amazing balance of great athletics and academics, and gives athletes the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of the University."

Kirkwood's Career Statistics

Year MP/GP ATT K E Pct. K/Gm Ast. SA Digs BS BA TB
2004 30/112 1,419 554 179 .264 4.95 19 40 270 5 49 54
2005 31/120 1,283 531 151 .296 4.43 26 69 271 9 50 59
Totals 61/232 2,702 1,085 330 .279 4.68 45 109 541 14 99 113

Videos of Kirkwood:
Cavalier Close Up - First Team Academic All-American volleyball star Sarah Kirkwood is the true definition of a student athlete.