Volleyball Set To Take On Arizona In NCAA Tourney
Nov. 30, 1999
Virginia (19-11) vs. 19th-ranked Arizona (19-10)
NCAA Volleyball Championship First Round
December 2, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Virginia in the NCAA Championship
In their only other NCAA appearance, the Cavaliers lost to UCLA inthe first round of the 1998 tournament by the score of 3-1 (15-7, 15-6,14-16, 15-5) in Santa Barbara, California.
UVa Against the NCAA Championship Field
Virginia has played five teams in the 1999 NCAA Championship fieldand has a 1-7 record against those teams.
|Clemson||Lost, 0-3, 0-3, 0-3|
|James Madison||Won 3-2|
|North Carolina||Lost 0-3, 0-3|
The Cavaliers meet Arizona for the first time in the sport ofvolleyball. Virginia has never played Texas either, and are 0-1 all-timevs. Houston. The two teams met in the 1991 season with the Cougars winning3-1 (15-11, 15-9, 5-15, 15-10) at a tournament at William & Mary.
Against Nationally Ranked Teams
Virginia has not fared well against nationally-ranked teams thisseason as they are 0-6. The ‘Hoos lost three times to Clemson, twice toNorth Carolina and once to Michigan.
Most Successful Class
Virginia’s fourth-year class of outside hitter Whitney Bilger,middle blocker Jessica Parsons and setter Mary Frances Scott are the mostsuccessful class in the history of the UVa volleyball program. They havecompiled an 87-46 career record for a .654 winning percentage over afour-year period. The winning percentage is the best in the history of theVirginia volleyball program, while the 87 wins equals the mark set by the1988-91 teams. Virginia’s 1988-1991 teams compiled a record of 87-53 for a.621 winning percentage.
The 1999 season began a new era for the Virginia volleyball programas the team held its home matches in the 8,457-seat University Hall. TheCavaliers posted a very respectable 9-3 (.750 winning percentage) record,but not quite as good as the 13-1 record posted in 1998 while the teamplayed its matches in Memorial Gym. Memorial Gym had been the home ofVirginia volleyball since the inception of the program in 1979.
Scott 18th in Assists
In the NCAA Division I statistics for games played through November14, Mary Frances Scott is 18th in assists per game with an average of 13.42.
Virginia players have recorded three triple doubles over the pastsix matches. Third-year middle blocker Deanna Zwarich registered herfirst two career triple doubles against James Madison (11/12) and Duke(11/19), while fourth-year setter Mary Frances Scott notched her firsttriple double versus North Carolina State (11/9). They are the firsttriple doubles recorded during the Melissa Aldrich Shelton era.
Scott notched 65 assists, 14 digs and 10 kills for hertriple-double against NC State and the very next match Zwarich totaled 16kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks against James Madison to register her firsttriple-double. Zwarich added her second triple double of the seasonagainst Duke (11/19) in the ACC Tournament when she tallied 12 digs, 11kills and 10 blocks.
All-ACC Selections Fourth-year setter Mary Frances Scott was named to the 1999 All-ACCFirst Team, while fourth-year middle blocker Jessica Parsons garneredAll-ACC Second Team accolades. For Scott, it marked the first time sheearned All-ACC honors since 1996 when she was named to the All-Rookie Team.Parsons was a First Team All-ACC selection in 1998.
All-ACC Tournament Team
Third-year middle blocker Deanna Zwarich was named to the 1999All-ACC Tournament Team for her outstanding play. She is only the fourthUVa player to earn the honor. Parsons earned the honor in 1998 and priorto that you have to go all the way back to 1991 when Anne Marie Hammer andGreta Jansson were named to the All-Tournament Team. Zwarich totaled 26 kills, 19 digs and 13 blocks in two tournamentgames. Included in those totals is a triple double against Duke.
1999 Virginia Player Honors
Mary Frances Scott
First Team All-ACC
Jefferson Cup Most Valuable Player (9/3-4)
Hi-IQ Classic All-Tournament Team (9/10-11)
ACC Co-Player of the Week (10/25)
ACC Co-Player of the Week (11/15)
Second Team All-ACC
Hi-IQ Classic Most Valuable Player (9/10-11)
Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team (9/18-19)
ACC Co-Player of the Week (10/4)
ACC All-Tournament Team
Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team (9/3-4)
Hi-IQ Classic All-Tournament Team (9/10-11)
Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team
Scott 11th on NCAA Division I Assist List
Fourth-year setter and 1999 All-ACC First Team pick Mary FrancesScott is currently 11th on the NCAA Division I assist list with 6,010 inher stellar career (third among active players). In addition to holdingthe UVa assist record, she is also second on the ACC all-time assist list.The ACC assist record is 6,102 by Andrea Nachtrieb of Georgia Tech, whoplayed from 1993-96. Here is a look at the NCAA Division I top 15 in careerassists.
|1. Tammy Robertson (UAB)||1989-92||6,650|
|2. Michelle Jaworski (Penn St.)||1987-90||6,596|
|3. Maureen Rafferty (Cal. St. Sac.)||1996-Pres.||6,380 (as of 12/1)|
|4. Dani Reis (LSU)||1989-92||6,379|
|5. Cindy Cox (Colorado St.)||1985-88||6,340|
|6. Sheri Sanders (Long Beach St.)||1986-89||6,301|
|7. Kelly Campbell (Colorado)||1996-Pres.||6,184 (as of 12/1)|
|8. Andrea Nachtrieb (Georgia Tech)||1993-96||6,102|
|9. Shelby Snyder (Northern Ill.)||1991-94||6,052|
|10. Sharon Oesterling (Minnesota)||1986-89||6,024|
|11. Mary Frances Scott (Virginia)||1996-Pres.||6,010 (as of 12/1)|
|12. Sarah Runka (South Fla.)||1994-97||5,995|
|13. Emily Queisser (Central Fla.)||1992-95||5,923|
|14. Becky Bauer (Minnesota)||1994-97||5,918|
|15. Jessica Salmans (Rhode Island)||1994-97||5,897|
1,000 Times Four
Mary Frances Scott has recorded 1,448 assists this season, markingthe fourth-consecutive year that she has reached the 1,000 mark. Scott isthe only player in UVa history to tally more than 1,000 assists all fouryears. She also holds three of the top four and four of the top sixVirginia single season assist totals, but curiously enough does not holdthe single season record. That honor belongs to Stacy Anderson who dishedout 1,687 assists (146 games) in the 1989 campaign.
UVa Single Season Assist Leaders
|1. Stacy Anderson (1989)||1,687|
|2. Mary Frances Scott (1996)||1,598|
|3. Mary Frances Scott (1998)||1,597|
|4. Mary Frances Scott (1999)||1,448|
|5. Jo Anne Gilman (1986)||1,414|
|6. Mary Frances Scott (1997)||1,367|
Assist Average Record
Mary Frances Scott may not hold the Virginia single season assistrecord, but she does hold the school marks for assist average in both asingle season and a career. Currently, Scott is averaging 12.47 assistsper game in her career (6,010 assists in 482 games) which is a schoolrecord. In 1999, Scott is averaging 13.41 assists per game which willshatter her former mark of 12.78 assists per game in 1996.
In addition to the assist record, Scott also ranks third on the UVadigs list with 1,345.
Jessica Parsons has had another solid year for the Cavaliers. Sheleads the team in kills (421) and blocks (122) and is also third on thesquad with a career best 275 digs. Parsons, a two-time All-ACC selection,has registered over 100 blocks for the third-consecutive season. The 421kills in 1999 is the fifth highest UVa single season total. She needs fivekills to move past Courtney Stanton into fourth place. Parsons also holdsthe second best kill total in a season with 492 in the 1998 campaign, justsix shy of Anne Marie Hammers’ 1991 school record total of 498.
With 458 career blocks (90 solo, 368 assisted), Parsons is third onthat all-time list at UVa. She is also fourth on the career kills listwith 1,339.
Against Florida State on October 3, Parsons chalked up acareer-high 30 kills, just one shy of Greta Jansson’s school record of 31.She has recorded double figure kill totals in all but two matches thisseason (28 of 30) and nine straight. In the two matches she failed toreach double figures (Clemson on 10/16 and Duke on 10/23), Parsons had ninekills.
Parsons also established a new career high with 27 digs againstRice on September 11. Her previous career best had been 16 digs vs.William & Mary (9/1/98).
Zwarich Develops on Defense
Third-year middle blocker Deanna Zwarich has developed into anexcellent all-around player for the Cavaliers. She has always hadoutstanding offensive skills as is evidenced by her 939 career kills inthree seasons. In 1999, she has become a reliable back row player,recording ed 269 digs, nearly doubling her career digs total entering theseason (147) .
Zwarich is also one of the Cavaliers’ top blockers with 111 on theseason, her third straight 100-block campaign. She is second behind Parsonsin blocks on the season and ranks sixth all-time at UVa with 314. With 100blocks in the 2000 season, Zwarich would become the first Virginia playerto register 100 or more blocks four straight years.
Offensively, Zwarich is second on the team in kills in 1999 with acareer best 400. She has five outings with 20 or more, including acareer-high 24-kill effort against NC State (9/25).
Bilger Steps Up
Fourth-year outside hitter Whitney Bilger has put together her bestseason in 1999. The senior has notched career highs in kills (212), digs(221), blocks (34), assists (25) and service aces (23). Bilger, who is theteam’s emotional leader, set a new career high for kills in a match with 21in a 3-1 win over Georgia Tech (10/15). Her 19 digs against James Madison(11/12) are also a new career best in that category.
1,000 for Jones
Third-year outside hitter Katie Jones has recorded 945 digs in hercareer and should become UVa’s seventh player to reach the 1,000-digplateau within the next five or six matches. Jones leads the Cavaliers indigs with 351 in 1999 and also led the team in the same category in 1998with a career-best 417. Her average of 3.28 per game ranks second amongACC players as well.
Jones has also made major contributions to the Cavalier offense.She has tallied a career best 30 service aces, good for second on the team.Jones is also fourth on the team with 268 kills. Three times this seasonJones has surpassed the 20-kill mark in a match, including a career-high 25against Alabama (9/4).
Fourth in Aces and Counting
Third-year outside hitter Andrea Fischer is currently tied forfourth on the Cavaliers’ all-time service ace list with 127. She needsjust 13 more aces to become Virginia’s all-time leader. Jo Anne Gilman(1984-86) holds the record with 139.
Here is a look at the UVa’s top five in aces:
|1. Jo Anne Gilman (1984-86)||139|
|2. Missy Mikolajczak (1987-91)||130|
|3. Whitney Casey (1995-96)||128|
|4. Andrea Fischer (1997-Pres.)||127|
|4. Barbara Dobrzanski (1985-88)||127|
Fischer leads the team with 37 aces in 1999. In addition, she isalso one of the Cavaliers’ most effective hitters with 286 kills and a .237hitting percentage.
Virginia Players in the 1999 ACC Statistics
(as of matches played November 22)
Kills per Game
|8. Jessica Parsons||3.88 (407 kills in 105 games)|
Assists per Game
|3. Mary Frances Scott||13.26 (1,392 assists in 105 games)|
Service Aces per Game
|7. Andrea Fischer||0.36 (37 aces in 104 games)|
|9. Katie Jones||0.35 (36 aces in 104 games)|
Digs per Game
|2. Katie Jones||3.27 (340 digs in 104 games)|
|8. Mary Frances Scott||2.88 (302 digs in 105 games)|
Blocks per Game
|8. Jessica Parsons||1.10 (115 blocks in 105 games)|
Virginia in the 1999 ACC Team Statistics
|Kills per Game||4th||16.40|
|Assists per Game||3rd||14.75|
|Service Aces per Game||2nd||1.81|
|Digs per Game||4th||16.46|
|Blocks per Game||6th||2.56|
Virginia’s All-Time All-ACC Performers
|Suzanne Greene||First||Middle Hitter|
|Michelle Meisel||Second||Outside Hitter|
|1987||Beth Brockell||First||Middle Hitter|
|1988||Beth Brockell||First||Middle Hitter|
|1989||Beth Brockell||First||Middle Hitter|
|Kara Warner||Second||Middle Hitter|
|1990||Greta Jansson||Second||Outside Hitter|
|Anne Marie Hammers||Second||Outside Hitter|
|1991||Greta Jansson||First||Outside Hitter|
|Anne Marie Hammers||Second||Outside Hitter|
|1992||Courtney Stanton||Freshman||Outside Hitter|
|1993||Courtney Stanton||Second||Outside Hitter|
|1996||Mary Frances Scott||Freshman||Setter|
|1997||Andrea Fischer||Freshman||Outside Hitter|
|Deanna Zwarich||Freshman||Middle Hitter|
|1998||Jessica Parsons||First||Middle Hitter|
|Claire Folga||Second||Outside Hitter|
|Amanda Wells||Second||Def. Specialist|
|1999||Mary Frances Scott||First||Setter|
|Jessica Parsons||Second||Middle Hitter|