Virginia Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision To 25th-Ranked Maryland
Nov. 4, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia volleyball team had its two-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 (30-20, 30-32, 30-23, 30-19) loss to 25th-ranked Maryland Friday evening (November 4) at Comcast Center. The loss also ended UVa’s two-match winning streak at Maryland. The Cavaliers now stand at 15-9 overall and 10-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terrapins have now won nine consecutive matches and improve to 23-1 overall and 14-1 in the ACC.
Second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led Virginia with 20 kills and also added eight digs. Second-year outside hitter Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursula Academy) registered her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 14 digs. Third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) rounded out the Cavaliers in double digits in kills with 11 and also added three block assists. Second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) also had three blocks to go along with seven kills and four digs.
Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) posted her second consecutive double-double and sixth of the season with 50 assists and 10 digs. Second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) topped the Cavaliers in digs with 16.
Jade Brown led four Terrapins in double figures in kills with 18. Rachel Wagener and Maggie Schmelzle both tallied 13 kills with Wagener registering a match-high .440 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Schmelzle also totaled 13 digs for a double-double. Beth Gillming was the second Maryland player to record a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. She also notched a .417 hitting percentage. Teryn Papp and Tedi Doucet split the setting duties and had 29 and 27 assists, respectively. Stephanie Doiron led all players with 21 digs.
Maryland hit an impressive .321 with 70 kills in the match, while UVa hit only .162 with 59 kills. The Terps also held a 74-60 edge in digs and a 13-3 advantage in team blocks. Virginia held a 5-3 edge in service aces.
Maryland hit an impressive .457 in winning the first game 30-20. The Cavaliers bounced back to take the second game 32-30. The Terps closed out the victory with 30-23 and 30-19 wins in the third and fourth games. UVa hit .275 with 18 kills in the third game, but Maryland totaled 20 kills and a .390 hitting percentage. The Terrapins hit .400 in the fourth game.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday (November 5) when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to play Boston College at 7:00 p.m.