Oct. 26, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Virginia volleyball team won the final two games to erase a 2-1 deficit and post a 3-2 (19-30, 30-21, 27-30, 30-27, 15-7) victory over Maryland in Atlantic Coast Conference action Tuesday evening (October 26) at Comcast Center. Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) helped key the Cavaliers' comeback with 12 kills over the final two games. With the victory, UVa runs its winning streak to three matches and improves to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in the ACC. Maryland falls to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
First-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) recorded her ninth double-double of the season with a match-high 23 kills, including nine over the final two games, to go along with 15 digs. She also added two blocks, two assists and a pair of aces. Geocaris totaled 18 kills and six blocks. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) notched her fourth consecutive double-double and 13th of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Osco also recorded a pair of service aces. Second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) rounded out the Cavaliers in double digits in kills with 11. She also recorded eight blocks, including a career-best four solo stuffs.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out a match-best 59 assists and had four of UVa's 10 service aces in the contest. She also registered six digs, three kills and two block assists. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) again led Virginia's defensive effort with a match-high 36 digs, just one shy of her career high. Caldwell has 483 digs this season, which is the sixth highest single season total in school history. Third-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) added 14 digs, three kills, three assists and three blocks.
Maryland had five players reach double figures in kills with Sarah Treadwell leading the way with 19. She also recorded 18 digs for a double-double. Jade Brown added 16 kills, while Jennifer Dewalt tallied 14 kills, 12 digs, eight assists, seven blocks and two service aces. Rachel Wagener and Stephanie Smith both had 10 kills with Smith adding nine digs and a match-high nine blocks. Wagener added seven blocks. Setter Aimee Huddleston dished out 51 assists and also had 13 digs and six blocks. Beth Gillming led the Terps in digs with 24.
The Cavaliers hit .184 with 70 kills in the match, while Maryland posted a .193 hitting percentage with 71 kills. The Terrapins held slight 92-88 and 17-14 advantages in digs and team blocks, respectively, while UVa had a 10-4 edge in service aces.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday (October 30) when it hosts in-state rival Virginia Tech at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Gym.
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