Virginia Volleyball Splits Final Two Matches At Dayton Flyer Classic
Sept. 21, 2002
DAYTON, Ohio – After suffering 3-1 losses in its first two matches of the Dayton Flyer Classic, the Virginia volleyball team registered a 3-1 (27-30, 31-29, 30-23, 30-21) victory over IUPUI in its second match Saturday afternoon (September 21) at Frericks Center. In their first match Saturday, the Cavaliers fell to Western Kentucky 3-1 (30-27, 17-30, 30-22, 30-28). UVa lost to Dayton 3-1 in its first match of the tournament on Friday. Virginia finished third in the tournament with a 1-2 record, and now stands at 6-9 on the season.
In the 3-1 win over IUPUI (1-11), second-year outside hitter Celeste Laborde (New Orleans, La./Academy of the Sacred Heart) exploded for 17 kills, one shy of her career high. She hit .310 in the match and also added six digs and a career-best three service aces. Third-year rightside hitter Katie Synan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) added 10 kills and seven blocks. First-year setter/outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) posted her third-consecutive career-high in assists with 49 and added six service aces, five digs, four blocks and two kills. With her six aces, Chaney tied for UVa’s fourth highest single match service aces total. Fourth-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada/Senator Gershaw) and second-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) both tied Synan for match-high honors in blocks with seven apiece. Kuipers also tallied eight kills, four digs and two aces, while Geocaris added five kills. Third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) contributed nine kills and five digs, while third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) recorded a match-high 16 digs for her 13th consecutive double-digit digs match.
Michelle Sobocinski led IUPUI with 17 kills and 14 digs, while Tiffany Holladay added 12 kills and three service aces. Setter Tanna Smith notched 45 assists and 13 digs.
The Cavaliers posted 14 service aces in the match as well as a 16-4 advantage in blocks. The 16 team blocks are a season high. UVa also held a 58-50 edge, while the Jaguars won the digs battle, 58-45.
In its first match Saturday, UVa fell to Western Kentucky 3-1. Davis paced the Cavalier offense with 13 kills, while Laborde and Kuipers both tallied 11 kills. Davis also added eight digs and two blocks, while Kuipers had seven digs and three blocks. Chaney handed out 47 assists and also contributed eight digs, four kills and two blocks. Ashcraft led UVa’s defensive effort with 14 digs, while Geocaris led the team in blocks with five and also added six kills and two aces.
Amanda Cecil led the Hilltoppers (14-3) with 21 kills, a .348 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Amanda Schiff and Jessie Wagner also reached double figures in kills with 13 and 10, respectively. Schiff also registered seven digs and four blocks. Ashly Miller and Tracy May led Western Kentucky’s defensive effort with 16 and 15 digs, respectively, while Sara Noe dished out a match-high 50 assists.
UVa held a slight 59-55 edge in kills, but Western Kentucky outhit Virginia .234 to .161. WKU also held a 65-63 advantage in digs, but the Cavaliers won the blocking battle 9-6.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts Clemson in University Hall in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.