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Nov. 19, 2003

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia volleyball players Whitney Ashcraft (Yorktown, Ind./Burris), Paige Davis (Austin, Texas/Westlake) and Lindsay Osco (Rosharon, Texas/Elkins) have earned 2003 All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as voted by the league’s nine head volleyball coaches. Ashcraft has been selected to the seven-member All-ACC First Team, while Davis has been named to the seven-player Second Team. Osco has garnered ACC All-Freshmen honors.

Ashcraft, a fourth-year libero, has earned All-ACC First Team honors for the second consecutive season. She is just the second UVa volleyball player to earn first-team All-League accolades two times. Ashcraft, a two-time regular season tournament MVP in 2003, leads all ACC players in digs (586) and dig per game (5.10) and ranks seventh among all Division I players in digs per game. Her 586 digs this season are the second highest single season total in school history. The three-time team captain is also second on UVa’s career digs list with 1,562, which also ties for eighth on the ACC’s all-time digs list. She twice notched a school record 42 digs in a match this season. Ashcraft set the school mark with 42 digs against Syracuse (September 13) then equaled her impressive school record against North Carolina (November 8). In 2003, she has reached double figures in digs in 29 of 32 matches this season, including the last 15 matches.

Davis, a fourth-year outside hitter, earns All-ACC Second Team accolades for the first time in her career. Davis was an ACC All-Freshmen selection in 2000. She is only the fourth player in UVa volleyball history to register 1,000 career kills and digs. Davis, a co-captain in 2003, has tallied a career-best 459 kills this season and also possesses a career-best .293 hitting percentage. Her 459 kills are the fifth highest single season total in school history. Davis has also recorded 160 digs and a career-best 91 blocks this season. Davis was named the MVP of the 2003 Tiger Classic and was also named to two All-Tournament teams. She has started all 32 matches this season and played in all 115 games.

Osco, a first-year outside hitter, is one of six players named to the 2003 ACC All-Freshmen Team. It is the fourth consecutive season a UVa player has earned All-Freshmen accolades. Osco leads the Cavaliers with 33 service aces and is second in digs with 344. Her 344 digs are tops among all ACC freshmen. She also ranks among Virginia’s leaders in kills with 279. Osco, who has started 28 of 32 matches, was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams during the season.

The Cavaliers stand at 24-8 overall and 8-8 in the ACC and are seeded fifth in the 2003 ACC Championship which takes place November 20-23 in Orlando, Fla., at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Virginia will play fourth-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Friday (November 21) at 11:00 a.m.

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