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Nov. 2, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team will close out the home portion of its 2000 schedule with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference matches this weekend at University Hall. The Cavaliers, who stand at 13-12 overall and 6-6 in the ACC, will play Clemson on Friday night (November 3) at 8:00 p.m. UVa then closes out it home schedule by hosting Georgia Tech on Senior Night on Saturday (November 4) at 7:30 p.m. The match against the Yellow Jackets will mark the final regular season appearance in U-Hall for the `Hoos three fourth-year captains, Cathy Arnette (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch), Katie Jones (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood), and Deanna Zwarich (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission North).

Sixth-year head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton’s Cavaliers are tied with Florida State for fourth place in the ACC with 6-6 records. Virginia has won four of its last five contests, including two of three ACC tilts.

The Cavaliers’ Friday night opponent, Clemson, enters the match with an 11-14 overall record and a 4-7 mark in the ACC. Virginia defeated the Tigers 3-1 (4-15, 15-7, 15-9, 15-13) in Clemson, S.C. on September 30. The Tigers lead the all-time series 24-7.

On Saturday, Virginia will play Georgia Tech on Senior Night. The Yellow Jackets, who play at Maryland on Friday, are currently 20-4 overall and lead the ACC with a 10-1 record. On September 29, the Cavaliers fell to Georgia Tech 3-1 (15-6, 13-15, 15-5, 15-8) in Atlanta. The all-time series between Georgia Tech and UVa is knotted at 13-13.

Zwarich, a middle, leads the `Hoos and all ACC players in both kills and blocks with impressive totals of 459 and 117, respectively. In addition to leading the conference in both categories, Zwarich has established new career highs in kills and blocks. Her 459 kills this season are the fourth highest in school history. She needs two kills to move into third place, 34 to jump up to second place and 40 to set a new school record. Zwarich, who is the only player in school history to amass at least 100 blocks all four years, is quickly approaching the school record for career kills as well. She is currently fourth with 1,412 kills and needs two more to move into third place. Zwarich is nine kills shy of second place and needs 54 more to establish a new school record for kills in a career.

Jones, an outside hitter, has totaled 328 digs this season and 1,284 digs in her career. She stands fourth on UVa’s all-time digs list with her 1,284 career digs and needs 15 more to move into the third slot. She leads UVa in service aces in 2000 with 35. Jones is seventh all-time at Virginia in career service aces with 124. Arnette, who is a setter and defensive specialist, is in her second year in the UVa volleyball program after transferring from Villanova. Arnette has notched 117 assists and 165 digs this season.

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