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Nov. 11, 2003

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post an impressive 3-2 (29-31, 24-30, 30-27, 30-28, 15-9) victory over Maryland Tuesday night (November 11) at Comcast Center Gym. The Cavaliers have now won four consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference matches, including three on the road, to improve to 24-7 overall and 8-7 in the ACC. Maryland, which appeared in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the AVCA/USAToday Top 25 Poll, falls to 22-7 overall and 11-4 in the conference.

Virginia’s current four-match ACC winning streak is its longest since the team won four straight ACC matches in the 1999 season. UVa is now a perfect 5-0 this season in five-game matches.

Third-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) posted a team-high .444 hitting percentage and knocked down a career-high 21 kills to help lead the Cavaliers to victory. She also added seven block assists and a pair of digs. Fourth-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) was the other half of the Cavaliers’ offensive spark as she tallied a match-high 22 kills and also recorded a match and career-high 31 digs for her second consecutive double-double of the season. Davis also recorded five block assists. She has a career-best 442 kills this season which ranks fifth on UVa’s single season kills list.

First-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) notched her seventh double-double of the season with 13 kills and 20 digs. She also tallied two service aces. Second-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) was the fourth Cavalier to reach double digits in kills as she had 10 to go along with a season-high 19 digs, three assists and two block assists. Fourth-year middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) contributed nine kills, six digs, and five blocks, including two solo stuffs.

Fourth-year All-ACC libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) registered 24 digs and moved into ninth place on the ACC’s all-time digs list with 1,544. First-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out a match-high 69 assists and added 10 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Kirkwood also had three kills and two service aces.

Lynnsy Jones led Maryland with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Stephanie Smith added 17 kills and nine of the Terrapins 17 team blocks. Fiona DeFreitas led the Terps in digs with 27, while Sarah Treadwell added 23 digs and 10 kills.

UVa led the first game 28-24, but Maryland came back to win 31-29. The Terrapins went up 2-0 with a 30-24 win in game two. The Cavaliers rallied for a 30-27 win in the third game. Virginia trailed 21-15 in the fourth game, but came back to tie the game at 22-22 before going on to a 30-28 win to knot the match at two games apiece. Virginia trailed 7-5 in the fifth and deciding game, but outscored the Terps 10-2 for a 15-9 win to seal the 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

Virginia wraps up regular season play on Sunday, November 16 when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. for a 1:00 p.m. match at Florida State. The ACC Championship will be held November 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.

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