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."
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