Sept. 14, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The Virginia volleyball team closed out its five-match homestand with a 3-1 (30-19, 20-30, 30-28, 30-23) victory over Towson Tuesday (September 14) at Memorial Gym. The Cavaliers were a perfect 5-0 in the homestand and increase their winning streak to seven consecutive matches. UVa is now 8-1 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 4-4.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) registered a match-high 28 points, which included a match-best 25 kills. Kirkwood also added two service aces and two block assists, while recording 10 digs for a double-double. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) both reached double digits in kills with 14 and 13, respectively. Osco also tallied 15 digs for a double-double, while Geocaris added five digs and four block assists. Second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) hit a team-best .400 with nine kills. She also registered seven digs, two block assists, two assists and an ace.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) continued her fine play directing the Cavaliers' offense as she handed out a match-high 55 assists. She also contributed six digs, three blocks, including one solo stuff, two aces and two kills to UVa's victory. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) again led Virginia's defensive effort with 23 digs and added three assists and her first career kill.
April Hoffman tallied 14 kills and 20 digs to pace the Tigers. Sarah Miller and Meghan Evans added 13 and 11 kills, respectively, with Miller tallying 10 digs for a double-double. Setter Mary Clare Coghlan also notched a double-double with 46 assists and 13 digs as well as six kills. Liz Goubeaux posted a match-high seven blocks to go along with nine kills, while Christina Birog recorded 21 digs.
After winning the first game handily 30-19, the Cavaliers had the tables turned and fell 30-20 in the second game. UVa took a 2-1 with the a close 30-28 win in game three and then closed out the match with a 30-23 win in the fourth game.
The Cavaliers hit .222 in the match with 71 kills, while Towson hit .209 with 58 kills. Virginia also held an 8-5 advantage in service aces. Towson won the digs battle 79-68 and also held a slight 11-9 edge in team blocks.
Virginia returns to action Friday and Saturday, September 17-18 when it travels to Madison, Wis. to compete in the 2004 InnTowner Invitational. UVa plays host Wisconsin at 7:00 p.m. Friday and squares off against Cincinnati and Marshall at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, respectively.