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Nov. 17, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team will make its final Atlantic Coast Conference road trip of the season this weekend. The Cavaliers travel to Wake Forest for a 7:00 p.m. match on Friday (November 18), and then play at Duke on Saturday (November 19) at noon.

Virginia is 18-9 overall and 13-5 in the ACC. The Cavaliers, who have won their last three matches, are coming off a 3-0 (30-14, 30-25, 30-25) victory over Miami (November 12) at Memorial Gym.

“This could turn out to be our most important weekend of the season,” said head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. “The NCAA Committee heavily weighs each teams performance in November and we feel as though we have to win out to stay in consideration for a bid.

“Wake and Duke are hot right now and it’s up to us to bring home two victories. To win both matches we will need excellent nights from our passers, servers and each and every one of our hitters. It will take our best team effort to bring home the `W’s’.”

Wake Forest stands at 16-11 overall and 9-9 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons have won eight of their last 10 matches and are coming off a 3-1 (13-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-25) loss to Duke on November 15. UVa and Wake Forest are deadlocked at 14-14 in the all-time series. Virginia has won the last three meetings with the Deacs, including a 3-1 (30-20, 25-30, 30-20, 30-18) victory on October 18 in Charlottesville.

Duke, the preseason ACC favorite, is currently tied with Virginia for third place in the ACC standings at 13-5. The Blue Devils are 19-7 overall. The Cavaliers have won four of the last six meeting in the series, including a 3-1 (30-20, 30-23, 25-30, 30-26) win at Memorial Gym on October 7. The Cavaliers trail Duke in the all-time series 31-13.

The Wake Forest match Friday can be followed on UVa’s website – – via Gametracker. In order to follow the Duke match, UVa fans will have to log onto Duke’s website –

The Cavaliers close out the regular season November 25 and 26 when they host Clemson and Georgia Tech at Memorial Gym. The Clemson match will start Friday (November 25) at 7:00 p.m. and the Georgia Tech contest begins at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (November 26).

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