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Aug. 22, 1997

University of Virginia Athletic Department To Celebrate 25th Year of Women's Athletics

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia Athletic Department announced today that it will commemorate the 25th anniversary of women's participation in intercollegiate sports at UVa with a year-long celebration. The program begins with the unveiling of the 25th anniversary banner at the first women's regular season event this year, the Jefferson Cup volleyball tournament which begins on August 29 in Memorial Gymnasium. Special events throughout the 1997-98 academic year are being planned to highlight the first three women's teams at Virginia: field hockey, basketball and tennis.

The University of Virginia first admitted women in 1970 and began three varsity sports for women, field hockey, basketball and tennis, in the 1973-74 academic year. Since that time, the women's program has grown to 12 varsity sports and has produced five national team titles, five national individual titles, 13 Atlantic Coast Conference team titles, 175 ACC individual titles, eight National Players of the Year, 11 ACC Players of the Year, two National Coaches of the Year, 20 ACC Coaches of the Year and 326 All-Americans. The women's teams have compiled an overall record of 2359-1264-45 (.649) during their 25-year history and have made 49 appearances in NCAA Tournaments. All 12 of the women's teams have appeared in their respective national polls in their history, with five teams reaching the number-one ranking.

"We are very proud of what are women's programs have accomplished ," said UVa Athletic Director Terry Holland. "In 1970, we literally started from scratch. The University of Virginia had to go out and recruit a student body first, and then build a women's athletic program. Our programs have all been nationally ranked even though some are brand new and five of them have been ranked as high as number one in the country."

A specially designed patch on uniforms and an anniversary banner at each of the women's venues will be part of the recognition. In addition, the department will honor former athletes and coaches at some of the home contests as well as create a poster to commemorate the anniversary.

The schedule of events for the year-long celebration will be available on Sept. 19.


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