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Nov. 10, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team will hold its annual “Senior Night” on Friday (November 12) when it hosts Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Gym. Fourth-years Alexis Geocaris (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and Annie Hylton (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) will be honored for their contributions to the UVa volleyball program over the last four years. The Cavaliers then wrap up regular season ACC play by hosting Georgia Tech on Saturday (November 13) at noon. Admission to both matches is free of charge.

Virginia stands at 17-9 overall and 7-7 in the ACC this season. The Cavaliers have lost their last two matches after registering a program record-tying four consecutive ACC wins. In its last match, UVa fell to Miami 3-0 (30-16, 30-28, 30-16). Clemson is 17-12 overall and 6-8 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech is 21-5 overall and has clinched the ACC regular season title with a perfect 14-0 record.

Virginia trails Clemson 30-9 in the all-time series, including a 3-1 (30-23, 30-20, 22-30, 30-26) loss at Clemson on October 16 in the first meeting between the two teams this season. The two teams split the season series in 2003 with both teams winning at home.

Georgia Tech leads the all-time series vs. the Cavaliers 21-14. The Yellow Jackets have won eight consecutive meetings in the series. UVa fell to the Jackets 3-1 (30-19, 30-25, 29-31, 30-28) in the first meeting of the season on October 15 in Atlanta. Georgia Tech also won all three meetings last year.

First-years Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Elkins), along with second-year Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) rank among the NCAA Division I statistical leaders through matches played November 7. Sarah Kirkwood, an outside hitter, is 24th among all Division I players in kills with 4.98 per game (493 kills). Caldwell, a libero, ranks 25th in digs with an average of 5.37 per game (532 digs). Emily Kirkwood, a setter, is 30th in assists per game with an average of 12.91 (1,278 assists). Sarah Kirkwood is also hitting a team-best .276 and has recorded 35 service aces. Emily Kirkwood leads the team with 41 service aces, while Caldwell is third with 32 aces.

Virginia will host the 2004 ACC Volleyball Championship November 18-21 at Memorial Gym. For ticket information, please contact the UVa Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434/924-UVA1 (8821).

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