Virginia Volleyball Sweeps N.C. State 3-0
Nov. 7, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia volleyball team used a balanced offensive effort to register a 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-22) victory over N.C. State Friday evening (November 7) at Reynolds Coliseum. With the victory, the Cavaliers extend their winning streak to eight consecutive matches over the Wolfpack and improve to 22-7 overall and 6-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. N.C. State drops to 7-22 overall and 0-14 in the ACC.
The Cavaliers had five players record eight or more kills in the match with third-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) leading the way with 11. She also had two blocks and two of UVa’s 10 service aces. Fourth-year middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) was one of three UVa players with nine kills and hit .318 while adding six digs and four blocks. Fourth-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) tallied nine kills and three digs, while first-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson’s Station, Tenn./Page) totaled nine kills, 12 digs and two service aces. First-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) contributed eight kills, three digs and two aces to Virginia’s winning effort.
Fourth-year All-ACC libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) tied Perilli for team and match-high honors with 12 digs. With the 12 digs, Ashcraft set a new single season career high for digs with 502. Her previous single season high was 499 set last season and the new total of 502 is the third highest in school history.
First-year setters Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Kathleen Branagh (Lafayette, Calif./Campolindo) combined to hand out 45 assists with Kirkwood leading the way with 23. Third-year outside hitter Celeste Laborde (New Orleans, La./Academy of the Sacred Heart) had five kills, three block assists, two digs and two service aces.
Adeola Kosoko led N.C. State with seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage. She also added five block assists and three digs. Sarah Ensminger led all players with six block assists, while Caroline Frede tied for match-high honors in digs with 12.
Virginia hit .184 in the match with 52 kills, while limiting the Wolfpack to 26 kills and a .081 hitting percentage. The Cavaliers also held a 46-39 edge in digs and a 10-4 advantage in service aces. N.C. State won the team blocking battle, 11-6.
UVa returns to action on Saturday evening (November 8) when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a 6:00 p.m. match against North Carolina.