Sept. 10, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) slammed a match-high 18 kills and a posted a .562 hitting percentage in leading the University of Virginia volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-20) victory over Duquesne Friday night (September 10) in first day action of the 2004 Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup volleyball tournament at Memorial Gym. The Cavaliers opened the tournament with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-15, 30-14) win over Radford during the early session. UVa now stands at 6-1 on the season.
In other tournament action, Pennsylvania defeated Duquesne 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 26-30, 30-25) in the opening match of the day and the Quakers also registered a 3-0 (32-30, 30-18, 30-25) win over Radford.
Kirkwood drilled her 18 kills on 32 attempts with no errors for a .562 hitting percentage. She also added five digs, four service aces, and three block assists to total 23.5 points in the contest. The second half of the Kirkwood sister combination, second-year setter Emily Kirkwood, handed out 37 assists and also added four kills, four digs, three block assists and two aces. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) was the lone player in the match to reach double figures in digs as she totaled 19 defensive saves.
Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) both tallied seven kills with Osco adding nine digs and Geocaris contributing three block assists. Second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) and second-year middle Meghan O'Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) both had five kills. Perilli added four digs and O'Leary totaled a match and career-high four block assists.
Diane Wuebker and Amanda Haeg led Duquesne (3-4) with nine kills apiece. Setter Kristin Garnett handed out 28 assists and added six digs.
The Cavaliers hit .294 in the match with 46 kills, while Duquesne hit only .078 with 34 kills. UVa also recorded 62 points in the match compared to the Dukes' 37. Virginia held an 8-1 advantage in kills and an 8-2 edge in team blocks. UVa also won the defensive saves battle, 44-40.
In the other evening match, Penn's Cara Thomason nearly recorded a triple-double in leading the Quakers (2-0) to a 3-0 win over Radford (2-4). She tallied match highs of 13 kills, 14 digs and eight service aces. Laura Black hit .600 in the match with 10 kills. Tiffany Guthrie hit .615 with eight kills to lead the Highlanders.
The Jefferson Cup Tournament concludes Saturday (September 11) at Memorial Gym. Radford plays Duquesne at 10:30 a.m. and UVa takes on Penn for the tournament championship at 12:30 p.m.
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