Virginia Volleyball Rolls To 3-0 Victory Over Miami
Nov. 12, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (30-14, 30-25, 30-25) victory over Miami Saturday evening (November 12) at Memorial Gym. The 319 fans in attendance witnessed Atlantic Coast Conference history as second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) became the first ACC sophomore to register 1,000 career kills. The Cavaliers have now won three consecutive matches and stand at 18-9 overall and 13-5 in the ACC. The Hurricanes fall to 13-12 overall and 8-9 in the conference.
Sarah Kirkwood entered the match with 995 career kills and reached the 1,000-kill milestone with her second terminator of the second game and fifth of the match. She tallied 554 kills as a freshman in 2004 and has 452 kills this season. Kirkwood is the 10th UVa player with 1,000 career kills and currently has 1,006 in less than two seasons. She finished the night with 11 kills while hitting .375 and also had six digs and three of the Cavaliers’ 14 service aces.
As a team, Virginia hit an impressive .353 in the match with 50 kills on 102 attempts with only 14 errors. UVa’s 14 service aces come on the heels of Friday night’s 15 service ace performance against Florida State.
Kirkwood was one of three Cavaliers to reach double figures in kills. Second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) led all players with 14 kills and a .545 hitting percentage as well as a career-best nine blocks. Third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) tallied 12 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. Osco also led all players with a career-best five service aces. Second-year outside hitter Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursula Academy) added four aces, seven digs and four kills. Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out a match-high 36 assists and added six digs. Second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) tied for match-high honors in digs with nine.
Francheska Savage was the only Miami player to reach double figures in kills as she had 11. Karla Johnson had eight kills, while setter Jill Robinson was credited with 29 assists. Ann Gallo led the Hurricanes with nine digs.
The Cavaliers out-hit Miami .353 to .158 and held a 50-33 advantage in kills. UVa also held a wide 14-5 edge in service aces and 10-4 advantage in team blocks. Virginia also led in digs 41-34.
UVa cruised to an easy 30-14 win in the first game. The Cavaliers hit .433 with 17 kills and six service aces in the first game while Miami hit -.065. Virginia trailed 25-22 in the second game, but scored the final eight points to rally for a 30-25 victory. Back-to-back aces by Osco gave UVa the lead for good, 26-25. The Cavaliers hit .485 with 19 kills while winning the third game 30-25. Osco, Oakes and Kirkwood each tallied five kills, while first-year middle Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) added four of her eight kills in the third game.
Virginia returns to action on Friday (November 18) when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. for a 7:00 p.m. match against Wake Forest.