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Sept. 6, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Freshman Charita Roberts has decided to take a leave of absence from the University of Virginia for personal reasons, school officials announced on Friday.

The 5-7 point guard from Winchester, Va., spent the summer session at UVa taking classes. She is not enrolled in fall classes.

Roberts transferred to Frederick Douglass HS in Upper Marlboro, Md., for her senior season in 2001-02 where she was a McDonald’s All-American Top 100 finalist. As a senior, she earned All-County, as well as All-Gazette and Washington Post All-Metro Team honors. A 2000 Nike All-American and 2001 Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, she earned Delaney Athletic Conference Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy where she played as a junior and sophomore. At SVCA, Roberts averaged 29.2 ppg as a junior and scored a school record 969 points as a sophomore and earned NACA Offensive MVP and All-America honors. Individually, she surpassed the 50-point mark twice. She ranked No. 32 on the Blue Star Top 100 Seniors List.

Virginia, which finished last season at 17-13 with a 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, opens the 2002-03 season on Friday, Nov. 22 at Old Dominion. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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