Sept. 18, 2004
MADISON, Wis. - The Virginia volleyball team registered a school record 20.5 team blocks in recording a 3-1 (28-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-23) victory over Cincinnati Saturday (September 18) in the InnTowner Invitational at UW Field House. With the victory UVa improves to 1-1 in the tournament and 9-2 on the season. Cincinnati drops to 0-2 in the tourney and 5-4 on the season.
Second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) helped the Cavaliers set a new single match record for team blocks (20.5) as she led the way with 11 blocks. Her 11 total blocks ties for the sixth highest match total in school history and her 10 block assists ties for the fourth-best mark. Everett also added nine kills for a total of 15 points. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) notched eight blocks and also tallied 10 kills.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the UVa's offensive effort with 20 kills and a .375 hitting percentage. She added seven digs and five block assists. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) led UVa in defensive saves with 20, while first-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) had 19 digs. Osco also totaled eight kills, three service aces, three block assists and two set assists, while Caldwell recorded three aces as well. Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) dished out 43 assists to go along with eight digs and seven blocks.
Julie DuPont led Cincinnati with 18 kills, 14 digs and five blocks, while Maria Pongonis had 13 kills and seven digs. Myanna Hellsten added 11 kills and Noel Olson handed out 40 assists. Olson also had seven digs and five block assists, while Natalie Dossman registered 13 digs.
In the first game, Cincinnati jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but the Cavaliers came back to trim the deficit to 13-12 on a kill by Everett. UVa tied the game at 20-20 on a Bearcat hitting error and took a 23-22 edge on a service ace by Osco. Back-to-back aces by Osco gave Virginia a 26-24 advantage. Cincinnati scored the next four points and went on to a 30-28 victory.
UVa took a 4-1 lead in game two and expanded the lead to 12-2 thanks in part to five kills by Geocaris. The Cavaliers took a 26-17 lead on a kill by Sarah Kirkwood and UVa closed out the 30-18 win on consecutive service aces by Caldwell.
Virginia took a 13-9 lead in the third game, but Cincinnati came back to tie the game at 21-21. The Cavaliers used a Bearcat service error and a hitting error to open up a 28-25 lead. An ace by second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) and another Cincinnati attack error made the final score of game three 30-25.
In the fourth game, neither team led by more than three points until a block by Emily Kirkwood and Everett gave UVa a 21-17 advantage. The Cavaliers went on to win 30-23 to secure the victory.
Virginia concludes play in the InnTowner Invitational with a 5:00 p.m. CT match against Marshall.
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