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Aug. 24, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head volleyball coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton has announced that fourth-year outside hitters Kristin Chaney (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) and Lisa Krolikowski (Hales Corners, Wis./Pius XI), along with third-year setter Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and third-year outside hitter Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) have been selected as captains of the 2005 UVa volleyball team. Chaney, Krolikowski, Kirkwood and Osco were selected as captains in a vote by the entire volleyball team.

“This year’s squad is lucky to have many capable leaders on the roster,” said Shelton. “The four who were chosen by the team are all terrific leaders in their own way. Together, they make quite a dynamic package who will provide great guidance for us throughout our quest for the ACC title.

“Lisa is someone who sets the example in our gym every day and has earned the respect of all her teammates with her work ethic and determination,” Shelton said. “Kristin is an emotional leader who is able to keep us upbeat and steady. As our setter Emily is our court leader, implementing our game plan as she runs our offense. Lindsay possesses a keen sense of the big picture and is able to keep our team focused on the task at hand. All four of these young ladies are terrific student athletes and are wonderful representatives of our team, the Athletics Department and the University.”

Chaney, who has started at several different positions in her first three years at UVa, is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season. In 2004, Chaney started 15 of the 21 matches she appeared in and tallied 65 kills, 133 digs and 39 blocks. The 2002 ACC All-Freshman Team member missed nine matches with an injury.

Krolikowski has been elected a captain for the first time in her collegiate career. Regarded as one of the best athletes on the team, Krolikowski is also known for her work ethic. Despite limited playing time, Krolikowski has been a team leader and has been active throughout her career as a Student Athlete Mentor and as a member of UVa’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Kirkwood has started every match during her career. In 64 matches over two seasons, Kirkwood has tallied 2,585 assists and ranks fourth all-time at UVa in assists. Her 1,465 assists in 2004 are the fifth highest single season total in school history. Kirkwood is a 2004 VaSID All-State First Team selection and was also named to the Fairfield Inn Jefferson Cup All-Tournament team.

Osco has been a starter throughout her first two seasons at Virginia. She has recorded 24 double-doubles in kills and digs during her first two seasons, including a team-high 16 in 2004. The 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District Third Team selection was named the Cavaliers’ Team MVP last season. Osco totaled 380 kills, 354 digs and 42 blocks.

The Cavaliers, who were picked to finish third in the 2005 Preseason ACC Volleyball Poll, open the season by playing in the McDonald’s Texas A&M Invitational September 2-3 in College Station, Texas.

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