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Sept. 10, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team lost to instate rival Virginia Tech 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-28) Tuesday night (September 10) at Cassell Coliseum. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 3-5 on the season, while Virginia Tech improves to 4-3.

The trio of third-year outside hitter Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake), third-year rightside hitter Katie Synan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) and second-year outside hitter Celeste Laborde (New Orleans, La./Academy of the Sacred Heart) each had seven kills to lead the Cavalier offense. Davis and Laborde both recorded seven digs as well. Third-year libero Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) paced the team in digs with 13, the sixth consecutive match she has reached double digits in that category. First-year setter/outside hitter Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) recorded 27 assists, six digs and a pair of blocks for the Cavaliers.

Ana Lang paced the Hokies with 12 kills, 11 digs and a pair of service aces. She also hit .321 in the match. Melissa Markowski totaled 38 assists, seven digs and two blocks for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies outhit UVa .192 to .025 and held a 42-32 edge in kills. Virginia Tech also held a slight 52-46 advantage in digs and as well as a 9-5 edge in team blocks.

Virginia Tech took the first two games by scores of 30-22 and 30-18. In a closely contested third game, the Hokies grabbed a 17-12 lead only to see Virginia go on a 13-4 run to take a 25-21 advantage. Virginia Tech scored the next four points to tie the score at 25-25. The Hokies eventually won the third and final game by the score of 30-28.

Virginia returns to action on Friday and Saturday, September 13-14 when it competes in the Toyota Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. UVa opens the tournament against host Tennessee Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Cavaliers then face Rice and East Carolina on Saturday at 12 noon and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

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