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Sept. 8, 2001


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team split a pair of matches at the William & Mary Hi-IQ Classic Saturday (September 8) to finish second in the four-team tournament. UVa posted a 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-14) victory over Columbia in its first match of the day, but fell to host William & Mary 3-0 (30-28, 30-21, 30-20) in the final match of the tournament. The Tribe won the tournament with a 3-0 record, while Virginia was second with a 2-1 record.

UVa second-year middle Shannon Boyle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) and second-year setter Abby Whittenburg (Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo) were named to the William & Mary Hi-IQ Classic All-Tournament team. In three matches in the tournament, Boyle totaled 29 kills, 14 blocks, five digs and a .292 hitting percentage, while Whittenburg tallied 90 assists, 24 digs and four blocks.

The Cavaliers (4-3) notched a 3-0 win over Columbia with fourth-year outside hitter Jenny Harmon (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) and second-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) leading the way with 10 kills apiece. Harmon added four blocks, four digs and three service aces, while Davis notched seven digs. Third-year middle Simona Kuipers (Bow Island, Alberta, Canada) led all players with a career-high 11 digs and also added eight kills, three blocks, two service aces and a .583 hitting percentage. Boyle contributed a match-high six blocks to the Cavalier victory, while Whittenburg registered 23 assists.

Madia Willis led Columbia with 10 kills, while Kathy Lavold added eight kills.

Virginia had its three-match winning streak snapped with a 3-0 loss to William & Mary (5-1). The loss also halted UVa’s five-match winning streak against the Tribe. Boyle and Davis led the Cavaliers offensively with eight kills apiece. Davis also tallied nine digs. Harmon led all UVa players with 11 digs, while Whittenburg tallied 25 assists and 10 digs.

Kristen Gundersen led William & Mary with a match-high 17 kills. Stacy Woodson and Christina Hinds also reached double figures in kills with 11 apiece. Setter Sarah Gubler recorded a double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs.

The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday, September 11 when they travel to Washington, D.C., to play Georgetown at 7:00 p.m.

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