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Dec. 13, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Virginia volleyball standout Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris) is one of six players to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association 2002 All-East Region Honorable Mention accolades as announced by the AVCA. A total of 19 players earned All-East Region honors with 12 players selected to the first-team and one chosen as the region’s Freshman of the Year.

Ashcraft, a 2002 All-ACC First Team pick and UVa team captain, is one of only two liberos to earn All-East Region accolades. UNC-Ashville’s Leslie Whitfield is the other libero to be named to the team. Sixteen of the 19 players selected All-East Region are from the ACC.

Ashcraft, a third-year, led all ACC players in digs per game with an average of 4.23. Ashcraft, who was ranked among the national leaders in digs per game during the first half of the season, tallied 499 digs in 118 games. Her 499 digs are the third highest single season total in school history. Ashcraft registered a career-best 29 digs against Clemson (September 27) this season which ties for the eighth best single match total in school history. She reached double figures in digs in 28 of 34 matches this season. Ashcraft is ninth all-time at UVa in career digs with 976.

The Cavaliers finished the 2002 season with a 9-25 overall record and 2-14 mark in the ACC.

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