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Feb. 6, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head volleyball coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton has announced that Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore), Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant), Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) and Emily Perilli (Thompson Station, Tenn./Page) have committed to attend the University of Virginia and play volleyball for the Cavaliers beginning in the 2003-2004 academic year.

Everett is a 6-2 middle from Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2002, she was a member of the USAV Ohio Valley Region High Performance Team. Everett was also an All-Conference and All-City selection for Sycamore High School, as well as an Ohio Division I All-State Honorable Mention pick. She plays club volleyball for Sports Express Volleyball Club.

“We feel very fortunate to sign someone with as much potential as Steph. Her size and athletic ability coupled with her desire to be the best will make her a powerful force in a short time,” said Shelton.

Kirkwood, a 5-9 setter from Tampa, Fla., was named the Florida High School 4A Player of the Year in 2002. She led Plant High School to its second consecutive state title in 2002. Kirkwood was also named a High School All-American (Highest Mention) by She plays club volleyball for the Tampa Bay Juniors.

“Emily is a terrific team leader as well as top notch student-athlete. Due to her high level club and high school experiences she will be able to come in and step into our system right away,” noted Shelton.

Osco is a 6-0 outside hitter from Rosharon, Texas. In 2002, she was named a High School All-American by also listed Osco as one of its Top 100 2003 Recruits. She was named to’s All-Texas Team as well. While playing for Elkins High School, she earned Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A Third-Team All-State honors as a senior. Osco also garnered Texas Girls Coaching Association Academic All-State and All-District honors three times. She plays club volleyball for the Houston Juniors.

“Lindsay is a perfect fit for the University and our program. She has the skills and experience to contribute on the court immediately, Shelton said.”

Perilli, a 5-10 outside hitter from Thompson Station, Tenn. was named the 2002 Tennessee State Player of the Year. Perilli was named MVP of the 2002 Tennessee High School A-AA State Tournament, the third year in a row she earned MVP honors. She also led Page High School to its third consecutive state title. Perilli was named a High School All-American (Highest Mention) by Perilli, who also plays for Impact Volleyball Club, was selected to the USVA Junior National All-Tournament Team and led her team to a second-place finish at USVA Junior Nationals.

“Even with all of her accolades, Emily is probably the most underrated recruit in the class of 2003. Her hitting, passing and defensive skills are all extraordinary. She is also a great leader and has a tremendous court presence, Shelton stated.”

“This is a very talented class. All four athletes are the type of player we need to re-establish ourselves as a force in the ACC. Look for each of them to be a major factor in our team’s success for the next four years.”

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