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Aug. 30, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team opens the home portion of its 2006 schedule by hosting the Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2. The tournament, which features Virginia, East Carolina, Georgetown, and Wright State, will be held in Memorial Gymnasium, the home of Virginia Volleyball. Admission to all home UVa volleyball matches is free of charge.

The 2006 version of the tournament opens Friday (Sept. 1) at 5:00 p.m. with East Carolina playing Wright State. UVa begins play in the tournament with a 7:00 p.m. match against Georgetown. Saturday’s (Sept. 2) action begins at 11:00 a.m. with Georgetown meeting East Carolina. At 1:00 p.m. Virginia hosts Wright State. The evening session begins at 5:00 p.m. with Georgetown taking on Wright State. The tourney concludes with UVa playing East Carolina at 7:00 p.m.

“All three teams pose a different challenge for our team and we’ll be able to work on many aspects of our game, said UVa head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. “We are looking forward to the competition this weekend and the chance to bring home our first Jefferson Cup title since 2004. Our players have been working hard to better our weaknesses that were exposed during our opening tournament. I am excited to get back in our uniforms and see how much we’ve improved since last Saturday.”

Virginia went 2-1 in the season-opening Comcast Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. The Cavaliers fell to 11th-ranked Tennessee 3-1, but rebounded with 3-0 wins over Miami (Ohio) and Centenary. Third-years Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla.) and Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va.) were named to the all-tournament team.

East Carolina is 1-2 on the season. UVa trails the Pirates in the all-time series 4-2, but the Cavaliers have won the last two meetings, including a 3-0 decision in the 2002 season. Georgetown also stands at 1-2 this season. Virginia leads the all-time series against the Hoyas 13-10, but Georgetown has won the last four meeting, including a 3-1 victory in the most recent matchup in 2002. Wright State is 1-3 on the season. The all-time series against the Raiders is knotted at 2-2. The Cavaliers won the most recent meeting 3-0 in the 2003 season.

The entire Jefferson Cup Volleyball Tournament can be followed via gametracker on Virginia’s web site at

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