Virginia Volleyball Posts 3-0 Victory Over N.C. State
Nov. 16, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. – Third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) tallied 10 kills and 13 digs to help lead the Virginia volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-17) victory over N.C. State Saturday evening (November 16) at Reynolds Coliseum. With the victory, the Cavaliers close out the regular season with an 8-24 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack fall to 3-31 overall and 0-16 in the ACC. UVa, which won both regular season matches against N.C. State, will meet the Wolfpack in the first round of the ACC Championship Thursday, November 21 in Atlanta, Ga.
In addition to recording her 12th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs, Davis hit an impressive .444 and added three assists and three service aces. Fourth-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada/Senator Gershaw) was the only other player in the match to reach double figures in kills as she tallied 13 to go along with a .333 hitting percentage. Kuipers also had four digs and two service aces. Second-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) hit .350 in the match with eight kills. Second-year setter Lily Phillips (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) handed out 36 assists and recorded eight digs and six kills. Phillips also hit an impressive .417 in the match. Third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) tied Davis for match-high honors in digs with 13. Ashcraft has now reached double figures in digs in 26 of 32 matches this season.
Maya Mapp and Adeola Kosoko topped N.C. State with six kills apiece. Kosoko also registered two blocks. Sarah Ensminger led all players with five blocks in the match and also contributed four kills, four digs, three assists and two service aces. Lindi Sheppard dished out 21 assists for the Wolfpack, while Rebecca Anderson and Caroline Frede led NCSU’s defensive effort with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
As a team, the Cavaliers hit .299 in the match, their third highest team hitting percentage of the season. N.C. State hit .068, and UVa held a 49-30 advantage in kills. Virginia also held a 57-48 edge in digs and an 11-5 margin in service aces. The Wolfpack held a 6-2 advantage in team blocks.
Virginia returns to action on Thursday, November 21 when it hosts N.C. State in the first round of the ACC Championship. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech’s O’Keefe Gym.