Oct. 23, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The Virginia volleyball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead and withstood a Wake Forest rally to post a 3-2 (30-25, 30-25, 24-30, 28-30, 15-11) victory over the Demon Deacons Saturday (October 23) at Memorial Gym. First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) both recorded 22 kills in leading UVa to the victory. With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 15-7 overall and 5-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wake Forest falls to 9-12 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
In addition to notching 22 kills apiece, both Sarah Kirkwood and Osco recorded double-doubles with 24 and 16 digs, respectively. The 22 kills are a career-best for Osco, who recorded her 12th double-double of the season. Kirkwood's 24 digs represent a career-high and she also added three block assists and two service aces. With her 22 kills, Kirkwood improved her single season kills total to 420, which is the eighth best mark in school history. Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) also recorded a double-double with 62 assists and 12 digs. She set a career-high with five service aces and also had four blocks, including one solo stop.
Second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) totaled 13 and 10 kills, respectively, with Everett setting a career-high with her 13 kills. She also had seven blocks, including three solo stuffs, while Geocaris led all players with eight block assists. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led UVa's defensive effort with 27 digs and also added two service aces. Second-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Page) equaled her career-high with six blocks and also contributed 11 digs, three kills, two assists and two aces.
Wake Forest setter Erin Borhart registered a triple-double with 53 assists, 19 digs and 12 kills. She also had five blocks in the match. Kim Stern and Valerie Rydberg led the Demon Deacons offense with 23 and 18 kills, respectively. Stern hit an impressive .413 and had nine digs, five blocks and five assists. Rydberg notched a double-double as she posted a match-high 28 digs to go along with three service aces.
The Cavaliers hit .173 with 70 kills in the match while Wake Forest hit .186 with 75 kills. The Deacs also won the digs battle, 106-95. Virginia held a 16-13 edge in team blocks as well as a 13-5 advantage in service aces.
UVa won the first two games by identical 30-25 scores. Wake Forest won game three 30-24 and withstood a Virginia rally to even the match at 2-2 with a 30-28 win in game four. The Demon Deacons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fifth and deciding game, but UVa came back to take it first lead 9-8, a lead it never relinquished. A kill by Osco broke an 8-8 tie and a Perilli service ace made the score 10-8. Virginia closed out the 15-11 win on a kill by Sarah Kirkwood.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday (October 26) when travels to College Park, Md. for a 7:00 p.m. match against Maryland.