Virginia Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision To Duke
Nov. 19, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Virginia volleyball team won the first game against Duke, but the Blue Devils rallied to win the next three games and pulled out a 3-1 (28-30, 30-26, 30-17, 30-23) victory Saturday afternoon (November 19) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss snaps UVa’s four-match winning streak and the Cavaliers fall to 19-10 overall and 14-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With the victory, Duke takes solo possession of third place in the ACC standings over UVa and improves to 21-7 overall and 15-5 in the ACC.
Second-year outside hitter Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursula Academy) and second-year libero Melissa Caldwell (Houston, Texas/Stratford) both registered a team-high 29 digs as UVa notched a season-best 107 digs in the match. The 29 digs are a career-best for Shelton, while Caldwell established a new season high. Second-year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and second-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) led the Cavaliers offensively with 17 kills apiece. Kirkwood also registered 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. She added five blocks, including two solo stops, and a pair of services aces. With the two aces, Kirkwood increased her season total to 66, which is the third best single season mark in school history. In addition to her 17 kills, Oakes added five blocks. Third-year middle Stephanie Everett (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) led UVa in blocks with six.
Third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) handed out 48 assists and also totaled eight digs, three kills and three blocks. Third-year outside hitter Emily Perilli (Thompson’s Station, Tenn./Page) was the fourth Cavalier to reach double figures in digs as she had 11.
Jourdan Norman recorded a triple-double for Duke with 14 kills, 11 digs and 15 blocks. Carrie DeMange led all players with 18 kills and added 25 digs. Tealle Hunkus also posted a double-double as she had 13 kills and 26 digs. Setter Ali Hausfeld was credited with 62 assists, while Jenny Shull led all players with 31 digs.
The Cavaliers managed to hit only .098 in the match with 57 kills and 35 errors. Duke hit .197 with 69 kills. The Blue Devils held a 119-107 advantage in digs and a 19-13 edge in blocks. UVa held a slight 4-3 edge in aces.
Virginia won the first game 30-28. The Cavaliers led much of the game, but Duke came back to tie the score at 28-28. A block by Emily Kirkwood and Oakes gave UVa a 29-28 lead and a service ace by third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) closed out the game. Duke tied the match at 1-1 with a 30-26 win in game two. Virginia led 19-13, but Duke used a 14-4 run to take the lead for good, 27-23 lead. The Blue Devils outhit UVa .302 to .020 while winning game three 30-17. Duke closed out the victory with a 30-23 win in the fourth game.
Virginia concludes the regular season with a pair of matches next weekend. UVa hosts Clemson Friday (November 25) at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Gym and Georgia Tech on Saturday (November 26) at 5:00 p.m.