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Feb. 27, 2007

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia volleyball players Lauren Dickson (Austin, Texas/Westlake), Emily Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant), Sarah Kirkwood (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Lindsay Osco (Houston, Texas/Elkins) have been named to the 2006 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Volleyball Team as announced Tuesday (Feb. 27) by Commissioner John D. Swofford. Thirty-two players were named to the team with each school represented by at least one player. The Kirkwood sisters and Osco were also named to the inaugural All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team in 2005, while Dickson earns the honor for the first time.

Virginia four selections to the team are the second most of any school. Duke led all schools with six academic selections, followed by Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech with three apiece. Clemson had two players named to the team, while Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest each placed one student-athlete on the team. 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. A committee appointed by the ACC selected the team.

Emily Kirkwood, who graduates in May, has been UVa’s starting setter throughout her career and captured 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-America accolades. In addition to earning All-America honors for the first time, Kirkwood was a first-team AVCA All-East Region pick and an All-ACC First Team honoree in 2006. She was also named the VaSID Player of the Year in 2006. The 5-9 Kirkwood concludes her career as Virginia’s all-time service aces leader with 167 (two ahead of her younger sister, Sarah). She ranks second all-time at UVa and seventh in ACC history with 5,424 assists. Kirkwood was an Academic All-District III Third-Team selection in 2006

The academic honor in another in a long list for third-year Sarah Kirkwood. Kirkwood, an outside hitter, is a 2006 women’s volleyball first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American after earning second-team honors in 2005. In 2006, Kirkwood garnered second-team All-ACC honors and was an honorable mention AVCA All-East Region pick. She was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2005 and earned second-team honors in 2004. Kirkwood totaled 334 kills (3.80 per game) and 262 digs (2.98 per game). She led the ACC with 56 service aces (0.64 per game) and ranked 13th among Division I players in aces per game.

Osco wraps up her career as just the fourth UVa player to amass more than 1000 career kills (1,230) and digs (1,036). She is eighth in career kills at Virginia and is also tied for eighth in service aces with 128. Osco, an outside hitter, was an Academic All-District III Third Team selection in 2006. The three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection concluded the 2006 season with 280 kills and 167 digs, 66 blocks and 47 service aces.

Dickson, an outside hitter, had a terrific freshman season and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. She led the Cavaliers with 372 kills while hitting .251. Dickson also tallied 170 digs and 34 service aces. She played in all 31 matches and made 25 starts.

Virginia finished the season with a 23-8 overall record and placed second in the ACC with a 16-6 mark. UVa set a school record with its 16 conference victories.

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