Sept. 17, 2004
MADISON, Wis. - The Virginia volleyball team had its seven-match winning streak snapped with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-21) loss to host Wisconsin Friday (September 17) in the InnTowner Invitational before 3,398 spectators at UW Field House. With the loss, UVa falls to 8-2 on the season, while Wisconsin improves to 4-2.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the Cavaliers with 11 kills and also added nine digs. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) totaled eight kills and a team-high 10 digs, while second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) had seven kills. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) recorded six kills and second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 31 assists.
Sheila Shaw led Wisconsin with 15 kills and a .560 hitting percentage. Jill Odenthal notched 10 kills, seven digs and four block assists. Setter Jackie Simpson dished out 35 assists and added six digs.
UVa hit a season-low .079 in the match with only 36 kills. Wisconsin posted a .280 hitting percentage with 42 kills. The Badgers won the defensive battle as well, out-digging UVa 49-39 and also posting 13 team blocks to Virginia's three.
The Cavaliers fell behind 5-0 in the first game, but rallied during the middle part of the game to pull within two points on several occasions, including 20-18 on a kill by Sarah Kirkwood. The Badgers, who were nationally ranked a week ago, slowly pulled a way and registered a 30-20 victory.
Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead in game two, but UVa came back to tie the match at 7-7 on a kill by Everett. The Badgers used an 11-3 spurt to open up an 18-10 advantage and went on to a 30-20 win.
In game three, the Cavaliers took their first lead of the match by scoring two of the first three points in the game. Wisconsin went ahead 4-3 and second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) tied the game at 4-4 with a kill. The Badgers scored the next three points and UVa was never able to get any closer as Wisconsin won the third game 30-21.
Virginia concludes play in the InnTowner Invitational with a pair of matches Saturday. The Cavaliers play Cincinnati at 10:00 a.m. CT and Marshall at 5:00 p.m. CT.
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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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