Sept. 19, 1997
Virginia Rebounds to Skip Past Villanova in Five Games
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jessica Parsons (Green Oaks, Ill./Libertyville) had 16 kills as Virginia bounced back from a three point deficit in the deciding fifth game to defeat Villanova in the first round of the inaugural Virginia Invitational. Earlier in the day, Iowa State defeated Northeastern, 3-0.
Virginia trailed 8-5 in the decisive fifth game but came storming back behind the solid play of Deanna Zwarich (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission North). Nagging injuries had kept Zwarich from playing in the match's first four games, but when summoned by Virginia head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton, Zwarich answered the call. She totaled five kills in just six attempts, including the point that gave the Cavaliers the lead and the final point of the match.
Other key contributors for UVa were Mary Frances Scott (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and Claire Folga (Atlanta, Ga./Marist Academy). Scott finished with 57 assists and 20 digs, while Folga chipped in with 15 kills, six digs, and three blocks. Shannon Wahlers (Phoenix, Ariz./Independence) and Andrea Fischer (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) helped the Cavalier cause with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
Megan O'Brien helped Villanova recover from a two games to none deficit with 21 kills, while Stacey Moline tabbed 55 assists for the Wildcats.
Virginia returns to action tomorrow with matches against Northeastern at 2:00 pm and Iowa State at 8:00 pm (full schedule listed below) to complete the round-robin format.
Match Two Virginia (8-5) 15 15 9 8 15 (UVa wins 3-2) Villanova (6-5) 8 10 15 15 12 Match One Iowa State (9-2) 15 15 15 (ISU wins 3-0) Northeastern (5-6) 2 9 10 Schedule for Saturday, September 20 12:00 pm Iowa State vs. Villanova 2:00 pm Virginia vs. Northeastern 6:00 pm Northeastern vs. Villanova 8:00 pm Virginia vs. Iowa State
Thompson Ready To Lead From FrontWomen's Basketball4/18/18The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena, where Tina Thompson was introduced as UVA's women's basketball coach.Walsh Ready to Lead 'Hoos in PostseasonMen's Golf4/18/18Healthy again after battling back problems for much of 2017, Thomas Walsh enters this weekend's ACC tournament in good form.Thompson Era Begins for CavaliersWomen's Basketball4/18/18Tina Thompson will be introduced as UVA's head women's basketball coach Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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