Sept. 6, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The Virginia volleyball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead but lost the next three games to fall to the College of Charleston 3-2 (26-30, 26-30, 30-25, 30-20, 15-11) Friday evening (September 6) in the Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament at University Hall. In the first game of the tournament, Georgetown defeated William & Mary 3-0 (30-10, 30-26, 30-27).
Virginia (2-3) was paced by second-year outside hitter Celeste Laborde (New Orleans, La./Academy of the Sacred Heart) and third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake). Laborde drilled a career-high 18 kills and added seven digs, while Davis tallied her first double-double of the season with 17 kills and 14 digs. Third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) led the Cavalier defense with a career-high 28 digs. Her previous career best was 21 digs versus Duke in the 2000 season. Second-year setter Lily Phillips (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) dished out 41 assists.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with identical 30-26 wins in the first two games. The Cougars posted a 30-25 win in the third game to close the gap to 2-1. The College of Charleston hit a blistering .459 in a 30-20 win in the fourth game to tie the match at two games apiece. The Cougars capitalized on their momentum and won the match with a 15-11 victory in the fifth and deciding game.
The Cougar trio of Tara Greene, Shawn Beckham and Stephanie Ballard combined for 55 of the College of Charleston's 69 kills in the match. Greene led the way with 23 kills and added 19 digs. Beckham recorded 17 kills, while Ballard posted 15 kills and a team-high 26 digs. Setter Mary Sabatino totaled 55 assists and 14 digs for a double-double, while libero Elizabeth Gury rang up 21 digs. As a team, The College of Charleston (2-2) recorded 103 digs to UVa's 79.
In the opening match, Georgetown's Anna Kleinsorge had a match-high 12 kills and .611 hitting percentage to lead the Hoyas to a 3-0 victory over William & Mary. GU's Lauren Warner and Rachel Nelson both tallied nine kills. Setter Margaret Vernon dished out 28 assists.
Carly Huffman topped the Tribe with eight kills, while Amy Owens notched 23 assists. Erin Simons led William & Mary (2-3) in digs with seven.
Georgetown (2-2) hit .292 in the match and held a 51-31 advantage in digs. The Hoyas also registered nine service aces in the match while limiting William & Mary to one.
The 2002 Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup Tournament concludes Saturday with four matches. Virginia plays William & Mary at 9:00 a.m. and then the College and Charleston meets Georgetown at 11:00 a.m. At 4:00 p.m. the College of Charleston plays William & Mary and then in the final match at 6:00 p.m., Virginia hosts Georgetown.