Oct. 2, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Virginia volleyball team snapped its two-match losing streak with a 3-1 (30-18, 34-36, 30-17, 30-22) victory over N.C. State Saturday night (October 2) at Reynolds Coliseum. It marked the Cavaliers' 18th-consecutive victory over N.C. State. With the win, UVa improves to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack fall to 10-6 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.
The trio of first-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant), second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) and fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) led a potent offensive Cavalier attack by combining for 60 of UVa's 72 kills and a .357 hitting percentage. Sarah Kirkwood led the way with 23 kills, while Osco recorded her team-leading eighth double-double of the season with 19 kills and 16 digs. She also hit .361 in the match. Geocaris tallied a match-high .484 hitting percentage with a season-high 18 kills and only three errors on 31 attempts. Geocaris also added four blocks.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 60 assists for an average of 15 per game and also contributed five kills, five digs and three block assists to the Cavalier victory. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) recorded a match-best 23 digs and also notched four of UVa's eight service aces in the contest.
Melanie Rowe led the Wolfpack with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Adeola Kosoko tallied 13 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Stefani Eddins also reached double digits in kills with 10 and registered a match-high seven blocks. Setter Lauren Markowski posted a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs.
UVa hit an impressive .368 in winning the first game handily 30-18. The Cavaliers held off five-match points in the second game before finally succumbing 36-34. In game three, Virginia hit a match-best .438 in recording a 30-18 win. UVa closed out the match with a 30-22 victory in game four.
The Cavaliers posted a .267 team hitting percentage with 72 kills in the match, while N.C. State managed to hit only .167 with 56 kills. The Wolfpack held a 14.5-7.0 advantage in team blocks, while UVa held an 8-5 edge in service aces and NCSU leading in the digs department 64-63.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, October 8 when it hosts Miami in an ACC contest at Memorial Gym. The match starts at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free of charge.
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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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