Oct. 30, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Fourth-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and first-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) combined for 49 kills in leading the Virginia volleyball team to a 3-1 (35-33, 30-18, 24-30, 31-29) victory over in-state rival Virginia Tech Saturday (October 30) at Memorial Gym. The victory extends UVa's winning streak to four matches and the Cavaliers improve to 17-7 overall and 7-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies fall to 11-13 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
Geocaris smashed a career-high 25 kills while hitting an impressive .550 in the victory. She also registered a match-high eight blocks, including two solo stuffs, and added a service ace to score a match-best 31 points. Sarah Kirkwood tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 24 kills and 14 digs. She hit .321 in the match and added three blocks and a service ace to total 27 points. Second-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) also reached double digits in kills as she posted 12 kills and added eight digs and two block assists.
Second-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) also notched a double-double with a match-high 63 assists and 11 digs. She also had a pair of service aces. First-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) had a team-high 19 digs and moved up to fourth on the Cavaliers' single season digs list with 502. Caldwell had two service aces as well. Third-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) and second-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) tallied seven and six blocks, respectively. Everett added six kills and Chaney also had three digs and three kills.
Annie Spicer paced Virginia Tech with a match-high 27 kills and 10 digs. Katie Esbrook added 13 kills and seven blocks, including two solo stops. Setter Melissa Markowski handed out 48 assists and added eight digs and four block assists. Amanda Cloyd led all players in digs with 22 and also topped the team with a pair of aces.
The Cavaliers staved off three match points and scored the final three points in a 35-33 victory in the first game. Sarah Kirkwood tied the game at 33-33 with a kill and an ace by Caldwell and a kill by Geocaris closed out the game. UVa held Virginia Tech to a -.026 hitting percentage in winning the second game 30-18. The Cavaliers had seven team blocks in the game with Geocaris tallying one solo stuff and five block assists.
Virginia Tech hit .286 in winning the third game 30-24. Geocaris and Sarah Kirkwood combined for 13 kills in the game. UVa earned the victory with a 31-29 win in game four. The Cavaliers tallied 20 kills while hitting .286 in the deciding game. The Hokies held the biggest lead in the game at 20-16, but UVa came back to take a 24-23 lead on a Sarah Kirkwood service ace. A Tech hitting error broke a 29-29 tie and Sarah Kirkwood's kill closed out the game, 31-29, and the match.
The Cavaliers hit .250 with 71 kills in the match, while Virginia Tech posted a .188 hitting percentage with 63 kills. The Hokies held slight 64-60 edge in digs, but UVa led 15-13 in team blocks and 7-3 in service aces.
Virginia returns to action on Friday (November 5) when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., for a 7:00 p.m. match against Florida State.