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Nov. 13, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia volleyball team is seeded sixth in the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Championship and will play host and third-seeded Wake Forest in the second round on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C. The tournament begins on Thursday, November 16 and runs through Sunday, November 19.

The Cavaliers enter the ACC Championship with a 15-14 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the ACC. The Demon Deacons, who stand at 19-8 overall and 10-6 in the ACC, defeated Virginia twice this season by 3-0 and 3-2 scores. In the latest meeting on November 10 in Winston-Salem, the Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead over Wake Forest, but fell in five games, 3-2. In the first meeting of the 2000 season between the two squads, Wake posted a 3-0 win at University Hall on September 22.

Virginia leads the all-time series against Wake Forest 10-8 and has won six of 10 meetings since the Demon Deacons resumed playing volleyball in 1996. The Cavaliers have met Wake Forest twice in the ACC Championship with the Demon Deacons coming away with 2-0 “pool play” victories in the 1980 and 1981 seasons.

In the 1999 ACC Championship in Orlando, Fla., the Cavaliers defeated Duke 3-1 in the second round on November 19, but fell to Clemson 3-0 in the semifinals on November 20.

In the 2000 season, Virginia has been paced by fourth-year middle Deanna Zwarich (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission North), who has set several UVa records. Zwarich has broken the school’s single match, single season and career kills records this year. Zwarich slammed 40 kills against Duke on September 19, to break the former school mark of 31 kills in a match. She also recorded 35 kills against Virginia Tech on October 21. On November 4, Zwarich set the Cavaliers’ single season kills record with her 499th of the 2000 campaign and enters the ACC Championship with 531 on the season. This past weekend, Zwarich became UVa’s career kills leader with the 1,466th of her career. She now has 1,484 kills to her credit in her stellar career. Zwarich also ranks fourth on Virginia’s career blocks list with 449.

The winner of the Virginia-Wake Forest match moves into the semifinals of the ACC Championship and will play at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

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