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Oct. 26, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball team travels to North Carolina and NC State for Atlantic Coast Conference matches this weekend. The Cavaliers open the weekend by playing at North Carolina on Friday (Oct. 27) at 7:00 p.m. UVa closes out the weekend with a 6:00 p.m. match at NC State on Saturday (Oct. 28).

UVa stands at 15-6 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. The Cavaliers enter the weekend having won their last two matches. Virginia defeated Clemson 3-1 (26-30, 30-22, 30-26, 34-32) and Georgia Tech 3-2 (30-22, 24-30, 30-22, 27-30, 15-12) in Charlottesville last weekend.

“The second time you play someone always brings about new challenges,” said head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. “We all know each other very well now and this knowledge leads to more in-depth scouting reports and strategies. The team that has success in the second round is the one which continues to add to its offensive repertoire and keeps tightening up its defense.”

Prior to playing UVa on Friday, North Carolina hosts Virginia Tech Thursday evening (Oct. 26). The Tar Heels have won their last two matches and are 6-14 overall and 4-7 in the ACC. The Cavaliers trail UNC 31-11 in the all-time series. In the first meeting between the two teams this season, UVa snapped a three-match losing streak to the Tar Heels with a 3-1 (37-35, 30-19, 25-30, 30-14) victory on Sept. 22 at Memorial Gym. Virginia has lost its last two meetings against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. UVa’s last win at UNC was a 3-2 triumph on Nov. 8, 2003.

The Wolfpack enter the weekend with a 2-18 overall record and a 0-11 mark in the ACC. NC State, which hosts Virginia Tech on Friday evening, has lost its last 13 matches. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series against NC State 28-19 and Virginia has won 22 consecutive matches over the Wolfpack dating back to the 1996 season. Earlier this season, UVa posted a 3-1 (30-22, 26-30, 30-19, 34-32) win over the Wolfpack on Sept. 23 in Charlottesville.

“Both UNC and NC State are much improved from the first time we saw them,” said Shelton. We are looking forward to the challenge of improving our record in the second round.”

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