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July 25, 2002

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia volleyball team has been selected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference according to the 2002 Preseason ACC Volleyball Poll, which is determined by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. The Cavaliers, who are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton, received 24 points in the poll for eighth place.

Three-time defending ACC Tournament champions North Carolina has been picked to win the 2002 ACC regular season title by the conference’s head coaches with 78 points. Duke, the 2001 ACC regular season champions, garnered 69 points and has been selected to finish second. Georgia Tech is the coaches’ choice to finish third (63), while Maryland (45) and Florida State (42) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Clemson is sixth with 38 points, followed by Wake Forest (36), Virginia (24) and N.C. State (10).

The Cavaliers, who finished the 2001 season with a 9-18 overall record and a 3-13 mark in the ACC, return five starters and 11 letterwinners in 2002. Virginia lost only two letterwinners from the 2001 season.

Virginia opens the 2002 season by competing in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas August 30-31. UVa plays San Diego and Texas on August 30 and Texas Pan-American on August 31. The Cavaliers open the home portion of their schedule against James Madison on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in University Hall.

The entire Preseason ACC Volleyball Poll follows:


    School              Points         2001 Record/Finish1.  North Carolina       78            24-9, 12-4 ACC/T2nd2.  Duke                 69            23-5, 13-3 ACC/1st3.  Georgia Tech         63            19-8, 12-4 ACC/T2nd4.  Maryland             45            12-14, 7-9 ACC/6th5.  Florida State        42            17-12, 10-6 ACC/T3rd6.  Clemson              38            11-17, 4-12 ACC/7th7.  Wake Forest          36            20-11, 10-6 ACC/T3rd8.  Virginia             24            9-18, 3-13 ACC/8th9.  N.C. State           10            6-21, 1-15 ACC/9th
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