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Sept. 20, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head softball coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced that Meg Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) has been named graduate assistant coach. Young was a four-year standout at Virginia and earned a degree in spanish in May 2001. She is pursuing a master’s in exercise physiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning.

Young concluded her brilliant career at UVa in the spring of 2001 with 13 school records. Young was a four-year starting right fielder and was also the Cavaliers’ lead-off hitter during her tenure at Virginia. She was the only UVa player to start all 69 games last season as the ‘Hoos posted an impressive 52-17 record. Young never missed a game in her career, and also started and played every inning of all 261 games over her career. She played in 152 Cavalier victories, marking the most wins a Cavalier player has appeared in.

Among the 13 records Young holds are eight career marks. She is the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in games played (261), hits (285), at-bats (881), total bases (408), runs (149), doubles (51), triples (24) and stolen bases (51). In 2001, Young set Virginia single season records for at-bats (231), hits (88), total bases (129) and runs (57). She set the single season triples record in 1998 with nine. Young, a two-time ACC Player of the Week selection in 2001, hit a career high .381 and set a career best with 17 doubles. She stole a career high 23 bases (one shy of the school record) and set personal career bests in at-bats (231), RBI (29) and home runs (4) in 2001.

Young also earned numerous awards during her career at Virginia. In 2001, she was named to the All-Southeast Region First Team, the VaSID All-State Team, the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, and was also an Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star selection. In addition, Young was named to the 2001 ACC All-Tournament Team for the fourth time, which is a school record. Young is just the second player in the history of the ACC Tournament, which dates back to 1992, to earn ACC All-Tournament honors four times. Florida State’s Kristy Hull was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

In addition to earning VaSID All-State honors this past season, Young garnered the same honor in 1999. She also was twice selected to the ACC Academic Honor Roll (1999-2000 and 2000-2001).

The Cavaliers open the fall portion of their 2001-2002 schedule this weekend. Virginia will host the UVa Fall Tournament September 21-23 at The Park in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers will host Hampton, James Madison, and Longwood in the tournament.

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