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Virginia Volleyball Grabs Jefferson Cup Title

Sept. 11, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team came from behind to defeat Pennsylvania 3-2 (22-30, 30-20, 24-30, 30-27, 15-9) to win the Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament Saturday (September 11) at Memorial Gym. In addition to overcoming a 2-1 games deficit, the Cavaliers also fought back from a 5-0 hole to win the fifth and deciding game 15-9. With the win, UVa improves to 7-1 on the season, while Penn falls to 2-1.

Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) was selected as the tournament MVP and she was joined on the All-Tournament Team by second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier). Penn's Cara Thomason and Linda Zhang as well as Duquesne's Diana Wuebker and Radford's Divona Cox rounded out the All- Tournament Team. UVa won the tourney with a 3-0 mark, while Penn was second (2-1), followed by Duquesne (1-2) and Radford (0-3).

First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led UVa with a match-high 27 kills and added 17 digs. Osco also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 18 digs, while Geocaris notched 15 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Second-year middle Meghan O'Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) posted a career-best 10 kills, while Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 62 assists and added nine digs and four kills.

Second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) added six kills, 23 digs, four assists, three service aces and three block assists. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) paced all players with a career-best 29 digs.

Thomason led Penn with 15 kills and 20 digs, while Zhang had 50 assists, six kills and seven digs. Anna Shlimak contributed 11 kills and nine digs, while Meredith Damore recorded 25 digs.

After falling behind 2-1, the Cavaliers rallied to tie the match at two games apiece with a 30-27 come-from-behind win in the fourth game. Shlimak served five consecutive points to open the fifth game to put the Quakers on top 5-0. Perilli sparked the UVa comeback by serving six consecutive points to put UVa on top for good 7-6. A Geocaris kill followed by three straight serving points by Osco increased the Cavaliers' advantage to 11-6. Virginia closed out the match with kills by Perilli and Osco to make the final score 15-9.



The Cavaliers hit .233 in the match with 76 kills, while Penn hit .173 with 67 kills. UVa also held a 106-92 edge in digs. The Quakers held slight 9-5 and 8-7 advantages in service aces and team blocks, respectively.

Virginia concludes its five-match homestand on Tuesday, September 14 when it hosts Towson at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Gym. Admission is free of charge.


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