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Sept. 14, 2002

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) tallied 25 kills and 22 digs as the Virginia volleyball team split its final two matches in the Toyota Knoxville Lady Vol Classic Saturday (September 14) at Stokely Athletics Center. The Cavaliers fell to Rice 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-28) in their first match of the day, then rebounded for a 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-16) triumph over East Carolina. UVa finished third in the tournament with a 1-2 record and now stands at 4-7 on the season.

Virginia fourth-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada/Senator Gershaw) was named to the All-Tournament team. Kuipers hit .351 in three matches in the tournament with just four hitting errors. She had eight kills in each match and also added nine blocks, six digs and six service aces.

In the Cavaliers’ 3-0 loss to Rice, Davis recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs. Third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) notched her eighth consecutive double figure digs match with 19. Kuipers hit .368 with eight kills and added two blocks. Fourth-year rightside hitter Kiersten Kaufman (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) registered eight kills, four digs, three service aces and two blocks. First-year setter/outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) dished out 32 assists and added seven digs.

Rebecca Pazo led Rice with 14 kills and 11 digs. Rebecca Kainz added 12 kills and hit .435. Briana Cook tallied five of the Owls’ 11 service aces in the match.

Virginia halted its four-match losing streak with a 3-0 win over East Carolina in its final match of the Toyota Knoxville Lady Vol Classic. Davis led the way with 12 kills, a .450 hitting percentage, nine digs, two blocks and two service aces. Kaufman also reached double figures in kills as she notched a career-best 11. She also added six digs and two blocks. Kuipers continued her hot hitting as she ripped eight kills and had a .412 hitting percentage. She also led the team with four service aces and three blocks. Chaney registered 33 assists and eight digs, while third-year middle blocker Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) contributed seven kills, three blocks and three aces to the Cavalier effort. Third-year rightside hitter Katie Synan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) also tallied seven kills in the match. Ashcraft posted a match-high 13 digs, the ninth straight match she has reached double figures in that category.

Sarah Vick and Robyn Drewes led East Carolina with six and five kills, respectively. Johanna Bertini led the Pirates’ defensive effort with 11 digs.

Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, September 17 when it travels to Richmond to play in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth at 7:00 p.m.

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