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Feb. 15, 2007

Five Virginia field hockey student-athletes were named to the 2006 All-ACC Academic Field Hockey team, as announced by the conference office earlier this week. The Cavaliers’ Katherine Blair, Katherine Bounds, Biffy Cornelison, Mia Link, and Traci Ragukas were all honored by the conference. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career. This selection marks the second consecutive year that Blair and Link have been so honored.

“Pursuing excellence is a choice and held in high regard at UVa,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “We are proud of our players who have achieved excellence in the classroom and on the field. Katherine Blair has been named to the Academic Honor Roll all four years in the premier field hockey conference in the country. She has set a precedent for all ACC athletes to aspire. Kudos to the honorees and an acknowledgment to the UVa’s academic community for accepting only the best.”

Blair is a three-time selection to the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association National Academic Squad and was named to the inaugural All-ACC Academic Field Hockey Team along with Link. These two also teamed up to win the US Field Hockey national championship in 2006 for the second consecutive year.

Link earned All-ACC honors in 2006 for the second time in her career. Cornelison and Bounds were both named to the weekly national honor roll by once during the 2006 campaign, and Ragukas was named the National Rookie of the Week on August 28 en route to earning National Rookie Squad honors by the same website at the end of the season.

Virginia was ranked in the top-10 nationally for the majority of the season and forged a 14-8 record against the nation’s fifth-toughest schedule, as rated by The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA championships where they defeated Big Ten champion Iowa in the first round, the third conference tournament champion to fall to Virginia in 2006, en route to the national quarterfinals.

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