Oct. 15, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. -
The University of Virginia volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-19, 30-25, 29-31, 30-28) decision to Atlantic Coast Conference frontrunner Georgia Tech Friday evening (October 15) at O'Keefe Gym. With the loss, UVa falls to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets remain perfect in conference play as they improve to 7-0 in the ACC and 12-5 on the season.
The outside hitting duo of second-year Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) and first-year Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) combined for 36 kills to lead the Cavaliers' offense. Both players had 18 kills with Osco hitting .311 and adding nine digs. Kirkwood hit .281 and also contributed seven digs, three blocks (two solo) and one service ace. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) rounded out UVa's players in double digits in kills with 12 and also posted a team-high six blocks, including two solo stuffs, and three digs. Second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) added seven kills and four blocks.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) dished out 44 assists and also had four digs and two block assists. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led all players with 24 digs, while second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) added 11 digs and three block assists.
Lynnette Moster paced the Yellow Jackets with 34 points. She tallied 29 kills, 15 digs, and five blocks. Lauren Sauer added 20 kills while hitting .351, and eight blocks, including three solo stops. Jayme Gergen tallied 13 kills, six digs and five blocks. Setter Lindsey Laband registered a double-double with 63 assists and 17 digs, while Marisa Aston notched 23 digs.
Georgia Tech hit .249 on the evening with 79 kills, while the Cavaliers had a .154 hitting percentage with 57 kills. The Yellow Jackets also held a 92-58 advantage in digs as well as a 15-12 edge in team blocks.
The Yellow Jackets cruised to a 30-19 win in the first game as they hit .294 compared to UVa's -.023 hitting percentage. The Cavaliers held an early lead in the second game, but Georgia Tech rattled off four consecutive points to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 17-14 lead. The Jackets went on to win game two 30-25.
Virginia battled back from 12-4 and 19-9 deficits to win game three 31-29. UVa trailed 28-24 and scored five straight points to take its first lead of the game 29-28. With the scored tied at 29-29, Sarah Kirkwood registered a kill and then a Georgia Tech attack error sealed the Virginia victory. In the fourth game, the Cavaliers grabbed an early 9-3 lead, but Georgia Tech came back to tie the game at 11-11. The game was tied eight more times, including 25-25, but the Jackets scored the next three points to take a 28-25 advantage. A kill by Osco at match point brought UVa within 29-28, but a kill by GT's Gergen made the final score 30-28.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday (October 16) when it travels to Clemson, S.C. for a 6:00 p.m. match against Clemson.