Virginia Volleyball Registers 3-1 Win Over Virginia Commonwealth
Sept. 17, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. – Third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) recorded her fifth double-double of the season to help the Virginia volleyball team post a 3-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday evening (September 17) at ALLTEL Pavilion at the Siegel Center. Davis tallied 15 kills and 15 digs in UVa’s 30-28, 24-30, 30-17, 30-27 victory. With the win, Virginia improves to 5-7 on the season, while the Rams fall to 7-4.
In addition to her 15 kills and 15 digs, Davis added three blocks and two service aces. First-year setter/outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) also registered a double-double for UVa as she led the team with 39 assists and added 10 digs. Johnson also had three kills, two blocks and two service aces. Fourth-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada/Senator Gershaw) had a solid all-around game for the Cavaliers as she recorded nine kills, a match-high tying five service aces, four blocks and three digs. Second-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) posted nine kills while hitting .500 and also registered a match-high five blocks. Fourth-year rightside hitter Kiersten Kaufman (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) notched eight kills, six digs, three aces and two blocks. Third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) again led the Cavaliers’ defensive effort with a match-high 20 digs. It marked the 10th consecutive match she has reached double figures in digs. Third-year rightside hitter Katie Synan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) also reached double digits in digs as she totaled 11. Synan also added six kills, four assists, two blocks and an ace.
Virginia Commonwealth’s Laureen Bidi registered a match-high 28 kills and added 12 digs for a double-double. She had five service aces as well. Setter Lauren Nussman also posted a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs. Laura Heffner added 17 digs and nine kills, while Griselle Lopez-Pereira contributed 18 digs to the Ram effort.
The Rams held a slight edge in kills (53-50) and digs (72-68). The Cavaliers, however, held a big advantage in blocks (10-3) and also held a 13-9 edge in service aces.
Virginia returns to action on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21 when it travels to Dayton, Ohio, to compete in the Dayton Flyer Classic. The Cavaliers open the tournament with a match against host Dayton at 7:00 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, UVa takes on Western Kentucky at 12 noon and IUPUI at 5:00 p.m.