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November 20, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia volleyball players Jessica Parsons (Green Oaks, Ill./Libertyville), Claire Folga (Atlanta, Ga./Marist Academy) and Amanda Wells (Los Angeles, Calif./Marlborough) were named to the 1998 ACC All-Conference Team. The trio led the Cavalier to one of the finest seasons in Virginia volleyball history, as UVa finished the ’98 regular season with a record of 25-6 overall, 12-4 in the ACC. Parsons was named an All-ACC First Team selection, while Folga and Wells were named to the All-ACC Second Team.

Parsons, a third-year middle hitter for UVa, had an outstanding regular season. She posted 444 kills, 160 digs, 101 blocks and a hitting percentage of .333. She appeared in 31 regular season matches and played in 116 games for Virginia. Parsons was named the ACC Co-Player of the Week on 11/16/98. She also earned All-Tournament team honors after being named the Most Valuable Player in both the Pepperdine Tournament and Jefferson Cup Tournament, helping guide Virginia to first place finishes in both tournaments. Parsons recorded double figure totals in kills in 25 of the 31 matches she appeared in.

Folga, a fourth-year middle hitter, finished the ’98 regular season with one of the most productive seasons in her career. She recorded 262 digs, 218 kills, 33 blocks and a hitting percentage of .251. Folga appeared in 24 regular season matches and played in 79 games. She was named ACC Co-Player of the Week on 10/5/98 after leading Virginia to wins over Georgia Tech and Clemson as she averaged 5.14 digs per game, 3.57 kills per game, 0.71 services aces per game and 0.71 blocks per game to go along with a .411 hitting percentage. Folga recorded her 1,000 career dig in a 3-2 victory over Wake Forest (11/15). She collected 10 double-doubles in kills and digs this season.

Wells, a fourth-year defensive specialist, solidified Virginia’s back row with her defensive ability. She appeared in 31 regular season matches and played in 117 games. Wells recorded 251 digs, 16 services aces, five kills and a block this season.

1998 All-Atlantic Coast Conference

First Team

Name                School              PositionErin Berg           North Carolina      SetterFiona Bolten        Florida State       SetterAimee Boulet        Georgia Tech        Defensive SpecialistCarla Gartner       Georgia Tech        Right-side HitterJessica Parsons     Virginia            Middle BlockerTori Seibert        North Carolina      Middle HitterAisha Thornton      Florida State       Middle Hitter

Second Team

Name                School              PositionAlison Coday        Clemson             Outside HitterClaire Folga        Virginia            Outside HitterLaura Kimbrell      N.C. State          Outside HitterSarah Peifer        Duke                Outside HitterHolly Schneider     Florida State       Outside HitterShannon Smith       North Carolina      Middle HitterCindy Stern         Clemson             Middle HitterAmanda Wells        Virginia            Defensive Specialist

All-Freshman Team

Name                School              PositionKyleen Bell         Georgia Tech        Middle BlockerMargaret Davidson   Wake Forest         Middle BlockerTrina Maso de Mayo  Wake Forest         Outside HitterMaja Pachale        Georgia Tech        Outside HitterJodi Steffes        Clemson             Right-side HitterErin Vesey          N.C. State          Setter

1998 ACC Player of the Year: Erin Berg, North Carolina

1998 ACC Rookie of the Year: Jodi Steffes, Clemson

1998 ACC Coach of the Year: Joe Sagula, North Carolina

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