Oct. 8, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Miami hit .275 as a team in registering a 3-1 (30-27, 30-32, 30-26, 30-19) victory over the University of Virginia volleyball team in the inaugural meeting between the two teams Friday night (October 8) at Memorial Gym. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes improve to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) led UVa with 17 kills and a .343 hitting percentage. Geocaris also recorded a match-high seven blocks, including two solo stops. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) also tallied 17 kills while registering 11 digs for her team-high ninth double-double of the season. Osco added four blocks, two service aces and two assists as well. First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) rounded out the Cavaliers in double figures in kills with 10.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 46 assists and added five digs, four block assists and two service aces. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) shared match-high honors in digs with 26.
Miami recorded 77 kills in hitting .275 in the match, with Valeria Tipiana leading the way with 28 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Francheska Savage and Elizabeth Tyson both posted 13 kills, while Ciara Michel added 10 while hitting .389. Michel also led Miami with six block assists. Setter Jill Robinson handed out 67 assists and also added 11 digs for a double-double.
The Cavaliers hit .149 in the match with 56 kills. Miami also held a 71-63 advantage in digs. UVa held a 12-8 edge in blocks as well as an 8-6 margin in service aces.
The Hurricanes won the first game 30-27 as they recorded 19 kills. A kill by Osco tied the game at 27-27, but consecutive kills by Miami's Karla Johnson and a UVa attack error closed out the game. UVa hit .318 as a team in posting a 32-30 win in the second game. Virginia trailed 27-21, but outscored Miami 8-2 to tie the game at 29-29. After a Cavalier attack error gave Miami a 30-29 lead, Osco tied the game with a kill and consecutive Hurricane attack errors gave UVa the 32-30 victory.
Miami held off a Cavalier rally to win game three 30-26. The Hurricanes led 27-20, but Virginia scored six straight points to pull within 27-26. Miami scored the next three points to earn the win. The Hurricanes tallied a .389 team hitting percentage in winning the fourth game 30-19 to seal the match victory.
The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday (October 9) when they host ACC rival Florida State at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
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