Oct. 16, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. -
Clemson hit an impressive .354 as a team in posting a 3-1 (30-23, 30-20, 22-30, 30-26) victory over the University of Virginia volleyball team Saturday evening (October 16) at Jervey Gym. With the loss, UVa falls to 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Tigers improve to 12-8 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) paced the Cavaliers with 23 kills and 15 digs for a double-double. Kirkwood hit .327 in the match and added two service aces and two blocks. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) and fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) both tallied 16 kills. Osco added 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Geocaris also notched five digs and four blocks, including two solo stops. Second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) posted a .545 hitting percentage with six kills in 11 attempts and added nine digs and four assists.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was credited with 56 assists and also contributed six digs, three service aces and a pair of kills. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led all UVa players with 19 digs and also added two assists and an ace.
Lori Ashton and Leslie Finn combined for 47 kills while hitting .421 in leading Clemson to the victory. Ashton had a match-high 24 kills and added four block assists. Finn connected for 23 kills and rounded out her double-double with 12 digs. Brittany Ross was the third Tiger in double figures in kills as she totaled 14. Courtney Lawrence had 38 assists and Stephanie Haskell added 26. Anna Vallinch and Leslie Mansfield led Clemson's defensive effort with 26 and 19 digs, respectively.
The Tigers totaled 70 kills in the match while hitting .354. UVa had 68 kills and a .239 hitting percentage. Clemson also held an 80-65 edge in digs. Both teams had seven service aces and Clemson won the blocking battle, 8-5.
Virginia returns to action on Friday (October 22) when it hosts Duke at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Gym. Admission is free of charge.