Virginia Volleyball Begins ACC Play This Weekend

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM UVa begins ACC play this weekend with matches at NC State and North Carolina
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
UVa begins ACC play this weekend with matches at NC State and North Carolina
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Sept. 22, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia volleyball team begins its 22-match Atlantic Coast Conference slate with a pair of matches this weekend in North Carolina. The Cavaliers begin ACC competition on Friday (September 23) with a 7:00 p.m. match against NC State in Raleigh and then take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday (September 24) at 6:00 p.m.

The ACC is playing a double round-robin schedule in 2005, with the 12-team league necessitating a 22-match conference schedule. The remainder of UVa's regular season schedule consists entirely of conference matches.

The Cavaliers stand at 5-4 on the season and are coming off a second-place finish in the Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup Tournament this past weekend. Second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) were named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team.

Kirkwood leads the team with 124 kills (3.76 per game) and 24 service aces, including a school-record nine in the Cavaliers' 3-0 win over Appalachian State (September 16). She is also second on the team with a .274 hitting percentage. Oakes leads UVa with a .311 hitting percentage while averaging 2.24 kills per game. Oakes is second on the club with 31 blocks (0.94 per game). Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) is averaging 10.74 assists per game and is second on the team with 14 service aces. Second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) tops the Cavaliers with 129 digs for an average of 3.91 per game.

NC State stands at stands at 6-2 on the season, while the Tar Heels are 5-5. Virginia has won 19 consecutive matches against the Wolfpack and leads the all-time series 25-19. The Cavaliers trail North Carolina 29-10 in that all-time series.

Virginia returns home to Memorial Gym on Friday, September 30 when it hosts ACC newcomer Boston College at 7:00 p.m.