Sept. 30, 1997

Weekly Cavalier Volleyball Notes

Virginia Record: 11-6 (1-1 ACC) Virginia record for week ending September 28st: 1-1

Results From Last Week
Date    Opponent                Location             Result  Game Scores             Record (ACC)
9/26    North Carolina State    Raleigh, N.C.        W, 3-0  15-9, 15-11, 15-8       11-5 (1-0 ACC)
9/28    North Carolina          Chapel Hill, N.C.    L, 3-0  13-15, 4-15, 14-16      11-6 (1-1 ACC)

Cavalier Notes
* Outside hitter Andrea Fischer (Santa Barbara, Calif/Santa Barbara) was named as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Week for the week ending September 21. Fischer helped UVa finish with a 4-0 record that week, including a 3-0 mark as the Cavaliers claimed their own Virginia Invitational with wins over Villanova, Northeastern, and Iowa State. Fischer had a .362 hitting percentage and registered 31 kills in 12 games played. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native also had six assists, six service aces, and was in on five blocks on the week as Virginia (10-5) extended its winning streak to five.

* Mary Frances Scott (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) moved past Dana Builtman into third place on UVa's all-time assists chart during Virginia's victory at North Carolina State. Scott had 28 assists in the win and enters the Maryland match with 2,311 assists in her brief career.

* After dropping three of five matches in Raleigh-Durham in 1996, Virginia started quickly with a 3-0 win over North Carolina State before dropping a tough three-game match to North Carolina. A balanced attack (no Cavalier reached the magical 10-kill plateau) and a quick defense (forced 28 NCSU errors) were keys in the win over the Wolfpack. Nagging injuries forced offensive threats Claire Folga (Atlanta, Ga./Marist Academy), Tamara Shulman (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands), and Danielle Yanik (South Haven, Mich./South Haven) to miss the North Carolina match. The Tar Heels had too much firepower, especially after Jessica Parsons (Green Oaks, Ill./Libertyville) left the third game after an ankle injury, and UNC retired the Cavaliers in three games. Virginia is now 1-1 in Raleigh-Durham with a meeting at Duke looming on October 24.

* As UVa passes the midway point of the season, it is interesting to note that only four players have appeared in every match. Those "Ripken-esk" players are Katie Jones (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood), Parsons, Scott, and Amanda Wells (Los Angeles, Calif./Marlborough).

* Over the past four outings, Parson and Deanna Zwarich (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission North) had been in on 24 and 20 blocks, respectively. Parsons finished with four solo blocks and seven block assists against Iowa State, while Zwarich's best outing came also came against the Cyclones (eights total blocks-one BS, seven BA). Both players totals were their career highs.

* Series Notes: Maryland leads the all-time series 23-4 and is currently riding a nine-game winning streak over the Cavaliers. The last time Virginia defeated their neighbors from the north was November 22, 1991...in that match, UVa jumped out to a two games to none lead before having to sweat out the deciding fifth game to claim victory. ..only once since the ACC went to a home-and-home regular-season format have the Cavaliers swept a season series. That came in 1989 when Virginia won a pair of 3-1 matches (on October 3rd and October 28th)...last season the Terps held Scott to the lowest assist output of her career (23) as they handed Virginia a loss in their first conference match of the season ((September 20)...later that season (October 15) Maryland again handed UVa a 3-0 defeat...Maryland has not lost a game to the Cavaliers in the last three meetings...no Cavaliers reached the 10-kill plateau in either match in 1996...Maryland is the opponent that have tagged the most losses on the Cavaliers record (22) since the volleyball program at UVa was born in 1979.

The Week Ahead: UVa hosts No. 19 Maryland on Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm. UVa went 1-0 against ranked opponents in 1996 (they defeated #22 ranked Georgia Tech, 3-1, on October 5).

Date    Opponent         Location                Series          Last Played     Site    UVa Result/Score
10/3    Maryland         Charlottesville, Va.    Md. leads 23-4  Oct 15, 1996    Home    L, 3-0