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Sept. 4, 2001


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Fourth-year outside hitter Jenny Harmon (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) and second-year middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) combined for 35 kills and nine blocks in leading the University of Virginia volleyball team to a 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-27) victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday evening (September 4) at University Hall. Harmon led the Cavaliers (2-2) with a season-high 18 kills, while Boyle smacked a career-best 17 kills.

Boyle hit .424 (17 kills, 3 errors, 33 attempts) in the match and added five blocks and eight digs. In addition to her 18 kills, Harmon contributed four blocks and four digs. Second-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) was the Cavaliers’ third player in double figures in kills with 11. She also added eight digs and three blocks. Second-year setter Abby Whittenburg (Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo) registered the ‘Hoos lone double-double with 49 assists and 12 digs, both of which were team highs. Third-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada) contributed eight kills and five blocks to Virginia’s winning effort.

The Hokies (1-3) were led by freshman outside hitter Annie Spicer, who tallied 18 kills and nine digs. Junior outside hitter Ana Lang recorded 12 kills and 17 digs for a double-double. Senior setter Renee Collins dished out 51 assists and also had nine digs. Freshman outside hitter Emily Smith also reached double figures in kills with 13.

After falling behind 1-0 with a 30-28 loss in the first game, the Cavaliers rallied to win the next three games. After winning the second game 30-28, UVa built a 26-19 lead in the third game. Virginia Tech rallied to pull within one point, 29-28, but Davis drilled a kill to end the game. In the fourth game, the Hokies jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but UVa came back to tie the game at 8-8. After 11 ties, the Cavaliers took the lead for good, 26-25 on a the first of back-to-back service aces by Kuipers. The Cavaliers’ Boyle sandwiched a pair of kills around a Tech error to account for Virginia’s final three points of the game. The Hokies also had two kills during the final stretch to make the score 30-27.

Virginia hit .237 in the contest, compared to the Hokies’ .196 hitting percentage. The Cavaliers also outblocked Virginia Tech 12-5, while the Hokies held a 57-48 edge in digs.

The Cavaliers return to action in the Hi-IQ Classic in Williamsburg, Va., September 7-8. UVa opens the tournament against Davidson on Friday (September 7) at 4:00 p.m.

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