Sept. 18, 2004
MADISON, Wis. -
The Virginia volleyball team recorded a 3-1 (30-28, 26-30, 30-27, 30-26) victory over Marshall Saturday (September 18) to finish second in the InnTowner Invitational at UW Field House. The Cavaliers finished the tournament with a 2-1 record and now stand at 10-2 on the season. Marshall falls to 5-5 on the year.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) paced the Cavaliers with 17 kills, seven digs, three service aces and three blocks assists for a total of 21.5 points. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) tallied 10 kills and eight blocks, while second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) added 11 kills, eight digs, three aces and three assists. Second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) recorded nine kills and a team-best .278 hitting percentage.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) continued her steady play with 45 assists and six digs, while first-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led all players with 21 digs.
Kelly-Anne Billingly led Marshall with 29 kills and 10 digs, but also had 11 hitting errors. Stephanie Cahill and Amber Sims also reached double figures in kills with 15 and 12, respectively. Cahill also had 11 digs for a double-double, while Sims led the Thundering Herd in blocks with five. Setter Katie Stein also recorded a double-double with 59 assists and 12 digs. Maggie Arias led Marshall's defensive effort with 13 digs.
Virginia hit .214 in the match with 52 kills, while Marshall hit .235 with 69 kills, but also had 31 hitting errors. The Thundering Herd had a 60-53 edge in digs, but the Cavaliers held slight 11-9 and 10-9 margins in team blocks and service aces, respectively.
In the middle of the first game, the Cavaliers scored five consecutive points to erase a one-point deficit and take a 15-11 lead. UVa opened up a 29-26 lead on a kill by Sarah Kirkwood, but Marshall scored the next two points before the Cavaliers closed out the 30-28 win on a block by Sarah Kirkwood and Geocaris. Virginia jumped out to an early lead and held a 21-15 advantage in the second game. Marshall rallied to score the final eight points to win 30-26.
In the third game, UVa trailed early on and scored three straight points after a timeout to tie the game at 21-21 only to see Marshall score the next three points for a 24-21 edge. A kill by Sarah Kirkwood gave Virginia the lead for good, 27-26 and UVa went on to win 30-27. The Cavaliers closed out the match with 30-26 win in game four. The final margin was the biggest lead in the game for either team.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, September 24 when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 7:00 p.m. match at Wake Forest.