Sept. 8, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team registered a season-high .390 hitting percentage in cruising to a 3-0 (30-17, 30-14, 30-18) victory over in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth Wednesday evening (September 8) at Memorial Gym. With the win, the Cavaliers ran their winning streak over VCU to 13 consecutive matches and improve to 4-1 on the season. The Rams drop to 1-3 in 2004.
A trio of Cavaliers led a balanced and powerful offensive effort against VCU. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) shared match-high honors in kills with 14. Geocaris scored a match-best 16.5 points with the addition of four blocks, including one solo stop. She hit .478 in the contest, while Osco registered a .423 hitting percentage and added seven digs and a pair of blocks. First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant), the ACC Player of the Week for this past week, continued her impressive play as she drilled 12 kills with just one error on 18 attempts for a .611 hitting percentage.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 43 assists and also added four digs, two kills and two service aces. Third-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) tallied seven kills, five digs, four assists and three blocks. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led the Cavaliers' defensive effort with 13 digs.
Rachel Chapin led VCU with the lone double-double of the match as she notched 10 kills and 10 digs to go along with four blocks. Libero Griselle Lopez Pereira had 10 digs, while setter Shahrzad Firouzabadian recorded 14 assists.
While the Cavaliers hit .390 in the match with 55 kills on 105 attempts with just 14 errors, Virginia Commonwealth managed to hit just .062 with only 27 kills. Virginia outscored VCU 67-33 and held an 8-5 advantage in team blocks. UVa registered a 42-36 edge in digs as well.
The Cavaliers return to action on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11 when they host Duquesne, Pennsylvania and Radford in the Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament at Memorial Gym. Virginia begins play in the tournament on Friday at 1:00 p.m. when it takes on Radford. UVa also plays Duquesne at 7:00 p.m. Friday before rounding out play in the tourney against Pennsylvania on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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