Sept. 26, 2004
DURHAM, N.C. - The Virginia volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (30-27, 32-30, 23-30, 30-24) loss to Duke Sunday afternoon (September 26) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The setback was also the Cavaliers' first Atlantic Coast Conference loss as they fall to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Duke improves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) set a school record with 83 attack attempts in the match, bettering Deanna Zwarich's mark of 81 attempts against Duke on September 19, 2000. Kirkwood tallied 25 kills in the match and completed the double-double with 16 digs. She also had four blocks, including one solo stop. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) notched 10 kills and 23 digs for a double-double, while fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) recorded 12 kills and six blocks. Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) dished out 50 assists and added nine digs and four blocks. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led UVa's defensive effort with a career-best 37 digs, which ties for the fifth highest single match digs total in school history.
Carrie DeMange led Duke with 26 kills, five blocks and a .320 hitting percentage. Tealle Hunkus had 18 kills and 25 digs, while Stephanie Istvan also had 25 defensive saves. Tiffany Perry had 11 kills, while Sarah Salem added nine kills, 17 digs and five block assists. Setter Ali Hausfeld recorded 63 assists, 15 digs and five kills.
UVa hit .143 in the match with 62 kills, while Duke posted a .196 hitting percentage with 76 kills. The Blue Devils registered 114 digs in the match compared to Virginia's 103. The Cavaliers won the blocking battle 14-10.5, while Duke held a slight 5-3 edge in service aces. UVa committed just one service error in the match.
In the first game, the Cavaliers grabbed a 4-0 lead as Osco and first-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) opened the match with kills and Duke made two attack errors. UVa also held a 10-4 lead, but Duke came back to tie the game at 17-17 and eventually took a 21-20 lead. The Cavaliers battled back and led 25-23, but Duke took the lead for good 27-26 and held on for a 30-27 win.
Duke took a 2-0 lead in the match with a hard-fought 32-30 win in game two. UVa took a 24-21 lead on kills by Osco and first-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian Academy) and a Duke attack error. Consecutive kills by Sarah Kirkwood erased a two-point Blue Devil lead and tied the game at 26-26. With the score tied at 30-30, Duke pulled out the win on consecutive Cavalier attack errors.
Virginia earned a 30-23 victory in the third game. With Duke leading 16-15, the Cavaliers scored five straight points to take the lead for good, 20-16. The Blue Devils never got closer than three points the rest of the game. UVa hit .263 in the game with just three attack errors.
In game four, the Cavaliers led 13-8, but Duke went on a 9-1 run to take a 17-14 advantage. UVa pulled within 20-19, but the Blue Devils scored the next four points to take a 24-19 lead and went on to win 30-24.
Virginia returns to action on Friday (October 1) when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a 7:00 p.m. match against North Carolina.
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