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Oct. 30, 1997

Virginia's Mitchell Reaches Milestone

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia outside hitter Amy Mitchell (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa) became the fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 kills during Tuesday evening's three-game victory over Virginia Tech. Mitchell finished the match with a team-high 12 kills and 11 digs as Virginia (16-11, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight match.

Mitchell entered the match with 993 kills in her three and a half year career. But it was Mitchell's seventh kill that put her among elite company. That kill, which came in the second game, allowed her to join an exclusive club of Virginia greats who have surpassed the 1,000-kill plateau. Mitchell, who currently has 1,005 kills with six regular season matches and the ACC Tournament remaining, joins Greta Jansson (1,465), Ann Marie Hammers (1,420), and Courtney Stanton (1,413) in this high rent kill-club.

"[The milestone] is something that has been in the back of my mind for a few matches, but I've tried to not let it change my approach. I owe this to all my teammates during my four years at Virginia. It is extra special because we won and that is the most important thing," said Mitchell.

This might not be the last cause to celebrate for Mitchell. She is just 24 digs shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. She would become the fourth Cavalier in school history to reach this milestone. Hammers (1,886), Missy Mikolajczak (1,378), and Stanton (1,298) should soon have a new member to this club. Mitchell would join Hammers and Stanton as the third person to appear on both the kills and digs list.

Virginia hosts two conference matches this weekend. Georgia Tech comes to Memorial Gym Friday night at 7:00 pm looking for a little revenge after UVa downed the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta two weeks ago. Then on Saturday, Clemson visits for a 7:00 pm match . Admission to both matches is free.

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