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Nov. 16, 2003

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TALLHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia volleyball team had its four-match winning streak snapped with a 3-2 (30-20, 13-30, 20-30, 30-19, 15-12) loss to Florida State Sunday afternoon (November 16) at Tully Gym in the final regular season match of the season. It is the Cavaliers’ first five-game loss this season after winning their first five full-length matches. UVa falls to 24-8 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State improves to 15-15 overall and 5-11 in the conference.

The Cavaliers lost the first game 30-20, but rallied to win the next two games, 30-13 and 30-20 to take a 2-1 lead. The Seminoles knotted the match at two games apiece with a 30-19 win in game four. The fifth and deciding game was tied eight times, including 11-11, but Florida State outscored UVa 4-1 in the closing moments to take a 15-12 decision and win the match.

The Cavaliers had four players reach double figures in kills with fourth-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) leading all players with 17 kills. She also added 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. First-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) tallied 15 kills and nine digs, while fourth-year middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) notched a .480 hitting percentage with 14 kills. She also posted four block assists. Third-year middle Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) rounded out UVa’s players in double figures in kills with 11. She also had five blocks, including two solo stuffs.

First-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) dished out a match-high 51 assists and also added six digs and three block assists. Second-year outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) led all players with a season-high tying 19 digs. Chaney also had four kills, two block assists and tied third-year outside hitter Celeste Laborde (New Orleans, La./Academy of the Sacred Heart) for match-high honors in service aces with three. Fourth-year All-ACC libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) registered 18 digs for her 15th consecutive double digit dig match of the season.

Aisha Carr led Florida State with 15 kills and hit .345 while adding five blocks. Amanda Santos hit .571 in the match with 13 kills and also contributed eight digs and five blocks. Kristen Rust recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs, while Nikki Anthony posted 11 kills and six blocks, including three solo efforts.

The Cavaliers hit .199 in the match with 62 kills, while Florida State hit .167 with 60 kills. UVa held a 7-3 edge in service aces, while both teams tallied 69 digs. The Seminoles held a 15-9 advantage in team blocks.

Virginia returns to action November 20-23, in the 24th Annual ACC Championship, which will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Cavaliers are the fifth seed in the tournament and begin play on Friday (November 21) at 11:00 a.m.

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