Davis Leads Virginia Volleyball To 3-2 Victory Over Florida State
Nov. 11, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – First-year middle Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) drilled a career-high 22 kills while hitting .442 to lead the University of Virginia volleyball team to a come-from-behind 3-2 (30-18, 26-30, 27-30, 30-28, 15-9) victory over Florida State Friday evening (November 11) at Memorial Gym. With the victory, UVa improves to 17-9 overall and 12-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles fall to 8-16 overall and 6-10 in the ACC.
Second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) reached the 1,000-dig plateau during the second game. She became just the second UVa sophomore to surpass the 1,000-dig mark and the 11th Cavalier overall. Anne Marie Hammers totaled 1,009 digs during her first two seasons (1988 and 1989). Caldwell finished with a match-high 24 digs and now has 1,017 digs in her career.
Davis led all players with her 22 kills and .442 hitting percentage and also registered five blocks. Third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) notched 16 kills and added four digs, two blocks and one service ace. Second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) both recorded 14 kills in the match. Kirkwood registered 14 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and also added a match-high tying four service aces and four blocks. Oakes led UVa with seven blocks, including one solo stuff.
Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) posted a match-best 59 assists and tied her younger sister with four service aces. The elder Kirkwood also had nine digs, three kills and three blocks. Second-year outside hitter Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursula Academy) also reached double figures in digs with 12 and totaled seven kills, three aces and two blocks, while third-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson’s Station, Tenn./Page) contributed nine digs and two aces.
Andreza Santos led Florida State with 21 kills (.364 hitting percentage) and 16 digs. Makina Thompson added 16 kills, while Sarah Griffin tallied 14 kills and eight blocks. Kristen Rust registered a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs. Setter Zrinka Tomic handed out 36 assists.
Virginia tallied 15 services aces in the match, just one shy of the school record. UVa hit .258 in the contest with 79 kills, while the Seminoles hit .249 with 72 kills. Virginia totaled 107 points in the match, compared to the Seminoles’ 89. FSU held slight 73-72 and 15-13 advantages in digs and blocks, respectively.
UVa won the first game 30-18 while hitting .436 with 21 kills. Florida State responded by winning the next two games, 30-26 and 30-27. With the fourth game tied at 28-28, Sarah Kirkwood served up her fourth ace of the evening and Davis drilled a kill to close out the game 30-28. In the fifth and deciding game, UVa took an early lead and went on to win 15-9 behind five kills from Davis and three by Oakes. Emily Kirkwood added two aces.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday (November 12) when it hosts Miami at 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Gym.