Sept. 22, 1997

Weekly Cavalier Volleyball Notes

Virginia Record: 10--5 (0-0 ACC)
Virginia record for week ending September 21st: 4-0

Results From Week Ending August 31
Date    Opponent        Location             Result  Game Scores                    Record (ACC)
9/16    William & Mary  Williamsburg, V.     W, 3-0  15-9, 15-8, 15-6                7-5
9/19    Villanova*      Charlottesville, Va. W, 3-1  15-8, 15-10, 9-15, 8-15, 15-12  8-5
9/20    Northeastern*   Charlottesville, Va. W, 3-1  16-14, 15-2, 12-15, 15-4        9-5
9/20    Iowa State*     Charlottesville, Va. W, 3-1  15-11, 15-17, 15-4, 15-12      10-5
*-Played as part of 1997 Virginia Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia

Cavalier Notes
* Second-year Jessica Parsons (Green Oaks, Ill./Libertyville) was named the tournament MVP by the coaches. For the week (including the William & Mary match), Parsons averaged 10 kills and was in on an astounding 23 blocks (six solo). Joining Parsons on the all-tournament team were Mary Frances Scott (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and Claire Folga (Atlanta, Ga./Marist Academy). Scott averaged 51.7 assists in the three weekend wins, while Folga had 29 kills in the wins over Villanova and Iowa State. Nagging injuries kept Folga out of the game against Northeastern.
* Depth is suddenly one of the greatest assets the UVa volleyball program has at its disposal. In last weeks four wins, seven separate players had at at least one match with 10 kills or more. The magnificent seven were: Folga (three times), Parsons (twice), Amy Mitchell (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa) (twice), Shannon Wahlers (Phoenix, Ariz./Independence) (twice), Andrea Fischer (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) (twice), Katie Jones (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) (once), and Deanna Zwarich (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission North) (once).
* Whitney Bilger (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) returned to action against Northeastern after missing the first 13 matches due to illness. Bilger contributed to the victory with two kills, two digs, and a block assist.
* Virginia has now won five straight matches. The last time they accomplished this feat was at the beginning of the 1996 season when UVa rattled off a school record 10-match winning streak.
* UVa after 15 matches last year: 11-4
* The equation is quite simple for the Cavaliers: win the first game and UVa wins the match. Lose the first game and the opposition claims victory. Virginia is 10-0 when winning the match's first game and 0-5 when they lose it.
* Series Notes: UVa travels to Raleigh-Durham, N.C. this weekend for matches against North Carolina State and North Carolina...last November in the final match of the regular season, Virginia snapped a five-match losing streak against the Wolfpack...the Pack still own a four-match winning streak over UVa at Reynolds Coliseum...Virginia's last, and only win in Raleigh came on Halloween Night 1993, when UVa won, 3-0...N.C. State has won 10 of 11 in Raleigh...the Cavaliers will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak at Carmichael Auditorium on Sunday...over the years UVa has had more success in Chapel Hill than in Raleigh...Virginia has won three of the last five matches in Chapel Hill, but just three of 10 all-time...UNC won both matches last year, including a 3-2 win on September 24 (at Carmichael) that saw the Tar Heels recover from a two games to zero deficit to post a win.

1997 Virginia Invitational Information (hosted by the University of Virginia)
Final Standings W   L   '97 Record  All-Tournament Team
Virginia        3   0   10-5        MVP-Jessica Parsons, UVa
Villanova       2   1   8-5         Claire Folga, UVa
Iowa State      1   2   9-4         Mary Frances Scott, UVa
Northeastern    0   3   5-8         Megan O'Brien, Nova
                                    Colleen Henican, ISU
                                    Jessica Knott, Northeastern
Results:  9/19-ISU d. NE, 3-0; UVa d. Nova, 3-2.     
9/20-Nova d. ISU, 3-1; UVa d. NE, 3-1; Nova d. NE, 3-0
UVa d. ISU, 3-1. 

The Week Ahead: UVa begins the ACC portion of its schedule. The Cavaliers will battle conference foes in 16 of their final 18 games.

Date    Opponent                Location          Series    Last Played     Site    UVa Result/Score
9/26    North Carolina State    Raleigh, N.C.     7-18      Nov. 16, '97    Home    W, 3-2
9/28    North Carolina          Chapel Hill, N.C. 6-16      Nov. 15, '97    Home    L, 1-3