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Nov. 17, 1997

Virginia to Test Second-Ranked Florida State at ACC Tournament

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - By virtue of finishing seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 6-10 record, the Virginia volleyball team will take on second-ranked Florida State when the 1997 ACC Tournament begins Friday, November 21 at Reynolds Gymnasium in Raleigh, N.C.

Virginia (18-15, 6-10 ACC) tied for sixth in the regular season with North Carolina, however the Tar Heels were awarded the sixth-seed because they won more games, 4-3, in the head-to-head series with Virginia in 1997. Virginia defeated North Carolina last weekend in four games at Memorial Gymnasium.

Virginia has played Florida State twice this year, with the Seminoles winning both matches. Earlier this month, UVa traveled to Tallahassee and suffered its worst defeat this season. Virginia managed to earn just 12 points as FSU took the win by the scores of 0-15, 6-15, and 6-15.

On October 10, UVa held its own against the perennial conference powers, but eventually lost by the scores of 8-15, 15-6, 6-15, and 9-15. Both Jessica Parsons (Green Oaks, Ill./Libertyville) and Shannon Wahlers (Phoenix, Ariz./Independence) finished with 11 kills in that loss.

Last season the Cavaliers went into the ACC Tournament (held in Atlanta, Ga.) as the sixth-seed and fell to Duke, the third-seed, 3-1.

This season, the Cavaliers will head into the tournament on a high-note after winning two matches this past weekend, over North Carolina and North Carolina State, to establish their first two-game winning streak of the season within the ACC.

ACC Tournament Schedule

Friday, Nov. 21     First Round
        10:00 am    Game 1  #9 Wake Forest vs. #8 North Carolina State
        1:00 pm Game 2  Game #1 winner vs. #1 Maryland
        3:00 pm Game 3  #5 Duke vs. #4 Clemson
        6:00 pm Game 4  #7 Virginia vs. #2 Florida State
        8:00 pm Game 5  #6 North Carolina vs. #3 Georgia Tech
Saturday, Nov. 22   Semifinals  
        4:00 pm Game 6  Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner
        6:00 pm Game 7  Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Sunday, Nov. 23 Finals
        3:30 pm Game 8  Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner


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