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Melissa Caldwell
Melissa Caldwell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Stratford

Height:
5-9

Position:
Libero

Club:
Texas Tornados



Worth Noting--UVa's returning starter at libero ... currently holds Virginia's career record for digs per game at 4.78 ... ranks seventh on UVa's all-time digs list with 1,108 ... holds the third (611) and sixth (497) spots on the Cavaliers' single season digs list ... has recorded double digits in digs in 54 of 61 matches in her career ... a terrific athlete and hard-nosed competitor.


2005- A 2005 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team selection as a defensive specialist ... earned VaSID All-State Second Team accolades ... one of four players to appear in all 120 games ... tallied 497 digs (4.14 per game) which is the sixth highest single season total in school history ... posted 1,000th career dig against Florida State (11/11) ... notched 24 service aces and 24 assists ... reached double digits in digs in 27 of 31 matches and had seven matches of 20 or more digs ... posted a season-high 29 digs vs. Duke (11/19) ... tallied 26 digs and three service aces against North Carolina (10/28) ... named to the 2005-06 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2004- Second-team VaSID All-State selection ... named to the Louisville Courtyard by Marriott All-Tournament Team (9/3-4) ... appeared in all 30 matches and 112 games ... led the Cavaliers in digs with 611 (third all-time in school history in a single season) ... her 5.46 digs per game were second in the ACC and set a new single-season school record ... the 5.46 digs per game ranked 26th among all Division I players and led all freshman ... third on the team with 35 service aces ... recorded 20 or more digs in 16 matches and reached double figures in digs in 27 of 30 matches ... led the team in defensive saves in 25 of 30 matches ... set a career-high with 37 digs against Duke (9/26) to go along with two assists and two service aces ... the 37 digs ties for the fifth best single match total in school history ... selected to the 2004-2005 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

High School--A four-year volleyball letterwinner for Stratford High School ... helped lead Stratford to three consecutive Texas state 5A semifinal appearances and runners-up honors in 2002 ... earned All-District accolades in 2002 and 2003 ... led the district in both kills and digs in 2003 ... a member of the 2003 Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team ... 2003 team captain and played both outside hitter and middle blocker ... Most Valuable Hitter at the 2003 Spring Branch and CyFair tournaments ... selected to the 2003 Pearland All-Tournament Team ... recognized on PrepVolleyball Dream Team in March 2003 as a hitter and in April 2004 as a libero ... also competed in track, basketball and softball at Stratford ... competed at the Junior Olympics for seven years ... played on the Texas Tornados club team for seven years ... also played club ball for 18 Nike Team ... member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... an honor student ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar ... named in Who's Who Among American High School Students ... graduated cum laude ... member of the Student Council Executive Board as a senior and a Student Council Representative for three years.

Personal--Daughter of Cathy and Jack Caldwell ... born 5/12/86 in Houston, Texas ... has an older brother, Ryan, who graduated from the University of Texas in 2005 ... father played baseball and soccer at Davidson College ... hobbies include co-ed baseball, singing and dancing ... member of Delta Zeta sorority ... served as a Student Athlete Mentor in 2005-06 and will do so again in 2006-07 ... an economics major.

Why Melissa chose UVa--"Virginia was my dream school and a perfect fit for me."

Caldwell's Career Statistics

Year MP/GP ATT K E Pct. K/Gm Ast. SA Digs BS BA TB
2004 30/112 22 3 4 -.045 0.03 23 35 611 0 0 0
2005 31/120 27 6 3 .111 0.05 24 24 497 0 0 0
Totals 61/232 27 6 3 .041 0.04 47 59 1,108 0 0 0