Oct. 1, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Virginia volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-28, 22-30, 30-25, 30-22) decision to North Carolina Friday night (October 1) at Carmichael Auditorium. The loss drops the Cavaliers to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina improves to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant), second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) and second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) each recorded double-doubles for the Cavaliers. Sarah Kirkwood tallied a match-high 19 kills and added a career-best 22 digs for her third consecutive double-double. Osco notched 15 kills and 10 digs for her team-leading seventh double-double and added four block assists. Emily Kirkwood handed out 55 assists and recorded a career-best 20 digs for UVa's third double-double.
Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) registered 16 kills and a .316 hitting percentage, while first-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) posted a match-high 34 digs for an average of 8.5 per game. First-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian Academy) tallied nine kills and a career-best seven block assists, while second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) added 15 digs, a career-high nine assists, six kills and two block assists.
Katie Wright led North Carolina with 18 kills and nine blocks, including three solo stops. Dani Nyenhuis recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Camilla Ihenetu had 12 kills and five blocks. Setter McKenzie Byrd posted 51 assists and 11 digs, while Caroline deRoeck led UNC's defensive effort with 29 digs.
UVa hit .143 in the match with 66 kills, while North Carolina posted a .191 hitting percentage with 64 kills. The Tar Heels had 17.5 team blocks compared to UVa's nine. The Cavaliers recorded 105 digs, while UNC had 94 defensive saves.
In the first game, the Tar Heels took a 14-9 lead, but UVa rallied with six straight points, including a pair of service aces by Emily Kirkwood, to take a 15-14 edge. North Carolina pulled ahead 28-24, but the Cavaliers responded with four straight points on a pair of kills by Geocaris, one by Sarah Kirkwood and another Emily Kirkwood ace. The Tar Heels sealed the 30-28 victory with back-to-back kills. In the second game, Virginia fell behind 10-6 and with the score 17-14 in favor of UNC, the Cavaliers rallied with eight consecutive points to grab a 22-17 lead. Oakes had three block assists in the run. UVa went on to win the second game 30-22.
The Tar Heels took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 30-25 win in game three. Virginia jumped out 4-1, but UNC rallied to take a 12-9 advantage. With the game tied at 14-14, North Carolina used a 5-0 run to open up a 19-14 lead. The Cavaliers answered and came back to tie the match at 25-25, but the Tar Heel's Pyles recorded three straight kills and UVa committed consecutive hitting errors to make the final score 30-25. With the fourth game tied at 8-8, North Carolina scored three consecutive points to take an 11-8 edge. UVa closed to within a point, 12-11, on an Osco kill, but the Tar Heels scored the next two points and Virginia never got closer than that the rest of the way. The final score in game four was 30-22.
UVa returns to action on Saturday (October 2) when it plays N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. at 7:00 p.m.
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