Sept. 3, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Virginia volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season as it fell to 23rd-ranked Louisville 3-1 (29-31, 30-20, 30-28, 30-25) Friday evening (September 3) in the University of Louisville Courtyard by Marriot Tournament at Cardinal Arena. With the loss, UVa stands at 1-1 on the season.
The Cavaliers got off to a great start against Louisville (1-0) with a 31-29 victory in the first game, but the nationally-ranked Cardinals reeled of three consecutive wins for the 3-1 triumph. U of L won the final three games by scores of 30-20, 30-28, 30-25.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led Virginia with a match and career-high 28 kills. Kirkwood tallied 22 kills in her first collegiate match against William & Mary on September 1. She hit .295 against the Cardinals and added one block assist for a total of 28.5 points. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) registered a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs. She also contributed three service aces, three assists and two block assists. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led all players with a career-best 24 digs.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) notched a match-high 53 assists and added seven digs. Third-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) had 12 digs, seven kills and three blocks, while fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) had three blocks assists to surpass the 300 career block mark. Geocaris now has 302 career blocks which rank eighth all-time at Virginia. She also had nine kills. First-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) posted a career-high five blocks, including two solo stuffs.
Bing Sun led Louisville with 12 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Lena Ustymenko recorded 16 kills to lead the Cardinals in that category. Louisville registered 18 total blocks in the match with Jennifer Hoffman totaling 13 blocks, including six solo stops. Elena Pilnikova handed out 45 assists and added 11 digs for a double-double.
The Cardinals hit .211 in the match with 63 kills, while UVa managed to hit only .119 with 59 kills. Louisville held an 18-9 edge in total blocks, while the Cavaliers had a slight 62-61 advantage in digs.
The Cavaliers wrap up play in the University of Louisville Courtyard by Marriot Tournament Saturday (September 4) with a pair of matches. UVa plays Jacksonville State at 11:30 a.m. and Loyola (Md.) at 4:30 p.m.