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October 27, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It took nearly two and a half hours, but Virginia was finally able to hold of Liberty in front of 110 spectators at Memorial Gym as the Cavaliers defeated the Flames 3-2. Virginia, coming off a 3-2 win over North Carolina, dropped its first game to Liberty 15-13. The Cavaliers bounced back and took games two (15-9) and three (15-7) before the Flames stole the fourth game by a score of 15-13 to send the match to a fifth game. Virginia was able to control Liberty in the fifth game, as the Cavaliers held on to win 15-9.

Virginia setter Mary Frances Scott dished out 46 assists, 16 digs and six kills in the victory. Teammate Jessica Parsons posted match-highs with 26 kills and seven blocks to go along with five digs. Deanna Zwarich (10 kills, 4 digs) joined Parsons as the only other Cavalier with double digit figures in kills. Katie Jones recorded 13 digs, six kills and two blocks while the trio of Kristi Winters (14 digs, 5 kills), Amanda Wells (13 digs) and Deidre Downs (12 digs) supplied the defense for UVa. Andrea Fischer chipped in with seven kills and Tamara Shulman added six digs and three kills in the 3-2 win.

Liberty was led by setter Jill Vandeventer, who recorded a match-high 52 assists to add with 15 digs. Kyrie Dorn posted a team-high 23 kills to go along with 18 digs, while the duo of Anthonia Akpama (17 digs, 15 kills) and Athena Sherwood (19 digs, 13 kills) contributed solid numbers in the loss.

The win improves Virginia’s overall record to 20-4, while the loss evens out Liberty’s record at 13-13 overall. UVa will return to action on Friday, (Oct. 30) when the Cavaliers travel to College Park, Md. to face the Maryland Terrapins. The match will be held at Ritchie Coliseum and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Liberty (13-13, 4-1 Big South)     15   9   7  15   9Virginia       (20-4, 7-3 ACC)     13  15  15  13  15

LOM: 2:24
Attendance: 110

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