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Oct. 2, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia third-year middle Katie Oakes (Lorton, Va./Evangel Christian School) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Week as announced by the ACC Monday (Oct. 2). Oakes, who earns the honor for the first time in her career, helped lead the Cavaliers to three conference victories last week.

Oakes, 6-1, had an outstanding week on the defensive side of the net as she totaled 30 blocks in 11 games for an average of 2.73 blocks per game. She started the week by tying her career high with nine blocks in UVa’s 3-1 win over Virginia Tech. Oakes then posted 10 blocks to set a new career high in a 3-1 win at Boston College, only to break that mark two days later as she registered 11 blocks in a three-game sweep of Maryland. She also led UVa in kills with a match-high 12 against the Terrapins, and tallied 35 kills in the three matches.

Oakes’ 30 blocks on the week, which included seven solo stuffs, were just one shy of the total (31) that UVa’s opponents had in the three matches last week. She currently has 100 blocks this season and is just eight blocks shy of her 2005 season total.

In 2006, Oakes is hitting .287 with a team-best 184 kills (3.54 per game) in 52 games. She is also averaging 1.92 blocks per game (100 blocks in 52 games). In ACC play, Oakes is averaging 3.82 kills and an impressive 2.23 blocks per game.

Virginia, which has won five consecutive matches, now stands at 12-3 on the season and 5-1 in the ACC. UVa concludes its four-match road trip this weekend with a 7:00 p.m. match at Duke on Friday (Oct. 6) and a 6:00 p.m. match at Wake Forest on Saturday (Oct. 7).

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