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Dec. 5, 2006


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University of Virginia head softball coach Karen Johns has announced the Cavaliers’ 2007 schedule. UVa has 53 regular season contests scheduled, including 24 match-ups against teams that earned bids to NCAA Regionals in 2006. Virginia will play 20 games at home at The Park, including four three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series.

The Cavaliers’ 53-game schedule does not include the 2007 ACC Championship, which will be held May 10-13 in Tallahassee, Fla., as well as bracket play in the USF Best Western Invitational and the 2007 Worth Wildcat Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

Virginia opens the 2007 season by playing in the USF Best Western Invitational in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 9-11. Host South Florida advanced to NCAA Regionals in 2006. UVa opens the season on Feb. 9 against Western Kentucky and the Cavaliers also play Arkansas in the season-opening tournament.

UVa then competes in the 2007 Worth Wildcat Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 16-18), hosted by 2006 NCAA champion Arizona. In addition to the Wildcats, Virginia plays Texas Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Temple in the tourney.

The Cavaliers head further west for their third tournament of the season, the Palm Springs Classic, in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 22-24. UVa plays four of its six games against teams that competed in 2006 NCAA Regionals, including host Oregon State, which was one of eight teams to advance to the College World Series, BYU, Cal St. Fullerton and Fresno State.

Virginia wraps up its early season tournaments with a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to play in the JU Invitational Mar. 2-4. UVa is scheduled to play NCAA participant Michigan twice and Notre Dame once in the tourney.

The Cavaliers open ACC play as well as their home schedule Mar. 24-25 with a three-game series against Maryland at The Park. Other home ACC opponents for UVa include Boston College (Mar. 31-April 1), Virginia Tech (April 7-8), and Georgia Tech (April 27-28). Five ACC schools received bids to the NCAA Championship in 2006.

“We are very excited about our 2007 schedule,” said Johns. “Our philosophy is to become the best you must play and beat the best, so the challenge is in front of us. Our team is very excited about the opportunities that have been given to them.”

Virginia finished the 2006 season with a 29-26 overall record and a 7-13 mark in the ACC. UVa returns seven starters and nine letterwinners from its 2006 team.

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