Virginia Fourth-Years Close Out Home Career In Style
Nov. 1, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team closed out the home portion of its schedule with a 3-2 (30-26, 21-30, 24-30, 30-24, 15-8) come-from-behind victory over Clemson Saturday (November 1) before 652 spectators at Memorial Gym. The Cavaliers’ three fourth-years, outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake), middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy), and All-ACC libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) each played a key role in UVa’s victory in their final home match. With the win, Virginia improves to 21-7 overall and 5-7 in the ACC, while Clemson falls to 15-13 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
Davis tied her career-high with 27 kills and registered a .417 hitting percentage. She also added eight digs, three block assists and a service ace for a career-high total of 29.5 points in the match. Boyle tallied 10 kills, and four block assists, while Ashcraft notched a match-high 25 digs. She also handed out a career-high six assists.
The Cavaliers had a season-high tying five players reach double figures in kills in the match. In addition to Davis, third-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) registered a career-high 17 kills and added a match-best seven block assists. First-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) was one of three Cavalier first-years to record a double-double. She had 13 kills and 16 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She also had three block assists, two assists and two service aces. First-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson’s Station, Tenn./Page) notched her first double-double with career highs of 12 kills and 14 digs to go along with three block assists. Setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was the third UVa first-year with a double-double. She set career-highs in assists (63), blocks (3), and kills (3) and rounded out her double-double with a career-high tying 14 digs.
Lori Ashton led the Tigers with 24 kills and an impressive .595 hitting percentage. Leslie Finn and Liz Beckham both tallied double-doubles. Finn had 15 kills and 17 digs, while Beckham totaled 15 kills and 12 assists. Setter Stephanie Haskell also posted a double-double with 60 assists and a team-high 22 digs.
The Cavaliers took the first game 30-26, but Clemson won the next two games by scores of 30-21 and 30-24 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. UVa evened the contest at 2-2 with a 30-24 win in game four and then won the deciding fifth game 15-8.
Virginia set a season high with 83 kills in the match and also posted a .274 hitting percentage. The Tigers hit .254 with 71 kills in the match. Clemson registered 89 digs to UVa’s 81, while the Cavaliers held a 12-7 advantage in team blocks.
UVa returns to action on Friday, November 7 when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. for a 7:00 p.m. match against N.C. State.