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Nov. 1, 2005

Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) both registered 22 kills in leading the University of Virginia volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 32-30, 30-26) win over Virginia Tech Tuesday evening (November 1) at Cassell Coliseum. With the victory, UVa sweeps the season series from the Hokies and gains another half of a point in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Adelphia. The Cavaliers improve to 15-8 overall and 10-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech drops to 11-12 overall and 6-8 in the ACC.

In addition to her 22 kills, Sarah Kirkwood tallied 15 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Osco equaled her career-high with her 22 kills and added 14 digs for her second double-double of the year. Osco also added five blocks and two service aces. Second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) tallied 14 kills and led all players with seven blocks, including two solo stuffs.

Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was the third Cavalier to register a double-double as she ended the night with 65 assists and 11 digs. Second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) led all players with 24 digs, while second-year outside hitter Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursula Academy) was the fifth UVa player to reach double digits in digs as she had 13.

Sarah Munoz led Virginia Tech with 16 kills and 13 digs. Setter Melissa Markowski also recorded a double-double with 42 assists and 19 digs. Allie Kupec and Jen Albrecht both notched 10 kills, while Amanda Cloyd and Erin Brugger led the Hokies defensive effort with 20 digs apiece.

The Cavaliers held a 71-53 advantage in kills and out-hit the Hokies .178 to .093. UVa also held a 7-0 edge in service aces and a 10-9 advantage in blocks. The Hokies held a slim 87-86 edge in digs.

The Cavaliers won the first game 30-22 behind seven-kill performances from Sarah Kirkwood and Osco. UVa hit .255 in the game with 19 kills while Virginia Tech hit only .086. The Hokies evened the match at 1-1 with a 30-28 victory in the second game. Virginia Tech rallied from a 27-24 deficit to pull out the victory. In the third game, the Cavaliers nearly let a 26-22 lead slip away, but battled to a 32-30 win. Osco tallied six of UVa’s 18 kills in the third frame. Virginia took the fourth game 30-26 with Sarah Kirkwood and Oakes combining for 10 kills.

Virginia holds a 4-1 lead in the Commonwealth Challenge. The next competition in the Commonwealth Challenge is Wednesday evening (November 2) at 6:00 p.m. when the UVa and Virginia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams square off at War Memorial Pool in Blacksburg.

Virginia returns to action on Friday (November 4) when it travels to College Park, Md., to play 25th-ranked Maryland at 7:00 p.m.

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