Kirkwood Earns AVCA All-America Honors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia fourth year outside hitter Sarah Kirkwood has earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced over the weekend at the annual convention in Sacramento, Calif. Kirkwood, who in 2005 became just the third All-American in Virginia volleyball history, is the first to earn the honor twice.
Kirkwood, a native of Tampa, Fla., collected first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors this season and was named to the AVCA All-East region team. She led Virginia with 4.51 kills per game and was second on the squad with 3.50 digs per game in 2007. A four-time all-conference selection, Kirkwood closed her career as Virginia’s all-time leader in kills, attack attempts and service aces.
Kirkwood was one of nine players from the ACC to be selected as honorable mention All-Americans.
Five Virginia players have been named All-Americans in the past five years, including Whitney Ashcroft (2003), Paige Davis (2003), Emily Kirkwood (2006), Katie Oakes (2006), as well as Sarah Kirkwood (2005, 2007).
Virginia finished the 2007 campaign with an 18-13 record. The Cavaliers tied for fourth in the ACC with a 13-9 mark in conference play.