Nov. 4, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Third-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla.) and third-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va.) combined for 29 kills while leading the Virginia volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-20, 30-25, 30-21) victory over Boston College Saturday (Nov. 4) at Memorial Gym. It marked the sixth consecutive victory for UVa, which ties the school record for consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference wins. The Cavaliers now stand at 19-6 overall and 12-4 in the ACC. The Eagles fall to 8-16 overall and 6-9 in the conference.
Sarah Kirkwood led all players with 15 kills and four service aces to increase her league-leading aces total to 44. Kirkwood hit .361 and added five digs, two assists and a block. Oakes hit an impressive .500 with 14 kills on 28 attempts with no errors. She also registered a pair of blocks in the victory. First-year outside hitter Lauren Dickson (Austin, Texas) was the third Virginia player to reach double figures in kills as she had 11 while hitting .429. Dickson also added three aces and three digs.
Fourth-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla.) dished out 37 assists and also contributed seven digs and two service aces. Fourth-year Emily Perilli (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) tied Kirkwood for team-high honors in digs with seven. Second-year middle Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas) led all players with four blocks, including two solo stuffs. She also tallied three kills and three digs.
Kelsey Johnson paced Boston College with 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage. She also added 10 digs and a pair of service aces. Allison Anderson led all players with 18 digs.
UVa hit an impressive .328 in the match with 48 kills and just nine attack errors. The Eagles hit .210 with 42 kills and 20 errors. Virginia held an 11-4 advantage in service aces and a 6-1 edge in blocks. Boston College led in digs 55-38.
The Cavaliers hit an impressive .452 while winning game one 30-20. UVa had 15 kills and just one error in the first game and also registered five aces. Sarah Kirkwood and Oakes both notched six kills to lead UVa to a 30-25 victory in the second game. The Cavaliers closed out the match with a 30-21 win in game three. Virginia trailed 7-1 in the third game, but scored 11 of the next 15 points to take the lead for good, 12-11. Kirkwood, Oakes and Dickson all had five kills in the frame.
Virginia returns to action on Friday (Nov. 10) when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., for a 7:00 p.m. match against Florida State.
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