Four Cavaliers Selected To 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team Thursday (August 1). Cavalier volleyball greats Beth Brockell, Anne Marie Hammers, Mary Frances Scott and Deanna Zwarich have been selected to the 53-member team as voted on by the nine league institutions as decided by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Duke leads all schools with 10 selections to the ACC 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team. Clemson and North Carolina both have seven players on the team, while Georgia Tech, Maryland and N.C. State are each represented by six players. Florida State has five players on the team, while Virginia players grabbed four spots and Wake Forest has two selections.
Beth Brockell, from Newark, Del., played for Virginia from 1986 to 1989. The middle blocker is UVa’s only three-time All-ACC selection as she earned first-team honors in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Brockell was also the Cavaliers’ first player to capture All-Region honors as she was named All-East Central Region in 1988. The Newark High School product holds the Virginia school record for career attack percentage at .338 and is fifth on the same ACC list. Brockell also holds the school record for attack percentage in a single season with a mark of .404. She also ranks seventh on the Cavaliers’ career total blocks list with 290 and is 10th in kills with 913.
Anne Marie Hammers, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., was a four-year letterwinner for the Cavaliers from 1988 to 1991. Hammers holds the NCAA Division I record for digs in a season with 758 in 1989. The outside hitter is also 16th all-time on the NCAA Division I career digs list with 1,886. Hammers holds the UVa school record by more than 500 digs and had her ACC record broken this season by Wake Forest’s Trina Maso de Moya. Hammers who came to UVa from Marlborough School, holds the UVa school record for digs in a match with 41 vs. N.C. State on November 1, 1991. She was twice selected to the All-ACC second team (1990 and 1991) and was an ACC All-Tournament Team pick in 1991. In addition to holding the school record for digs, Hammers is third in career kills with 1,420. She stands second on Virginia’s single season kills list with 498 in the 1991 campaign. She led the ACC in digs per game in 1989 (5.12) and 1991 (4.23) and stands seventh all-time in the conference in that category with a career mark of 3.79 digs per game.
Mary Frances Scott, who is from Phoenix, Ariz., helped lead the Cavaliers to their only two NCAA appearances in 1998 and 1999. Scott, who played high school volleyball at Xavier College Prep, Virginia’s starting setter from 1996 through 1999. She holds the Virginia school record for career assists with 6,044, which is also second all-time among ACC players and 11th in Division I history. In addition to holding UVa’s career assists record, she shares the school mark of 80 assists in a match with Jo Anne Gilman. Scott had 80 assists versus Duke on October 13, 1996 and holds four of the top five marks for assists in a match. She also holds three of the top four single season assist totals in school history. Scott was a first-team All-ACC selection in 1999 and also garnered American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-District 3 honors the same season. She was named to the All-ACC Freshman team in 1996. In addition to her assists records, Scott stands third on UVa’s career service aces list (134), is fourth in digs (1,356) and is fifth in block assists (281).
Rounding out Virginia’s selections to the ACC 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team is Deanna Zwarich. Zwarich, from Overland Park, Kan., lettered for the Cavaliers from 1997 to 2000. The middle hitter from Shawnee Mission North High School, holds the Cavaliers’ career, single season and single match kills records. Zwarich finished her career with 1,528 kills and established a single season school record with 575 in 2000. She also set the school record with 40 kills against Duke on September 19, 2000. Zwarich holds three of the top four single match school marks for kills, and she also holds the ACC Tournament record for kills in a match with 33. Zwarich was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2000 and is the only UVa player to be twice named to the ACC All-Tournament Team (1999 and 2000). In 2000, Zwarich was also named to the AVCA All-East Region Team and the Virginia SID Volleyball Co-Player of the Year. She was an All-ACC Freshman Team pick in 1997. Zwarich is the only player in school history with 100 or more blocks all four years. In addition to holding the school kills records, Zwarich stands third on UVa’s block assists list (381) and is fourth on the career blocks list (456).