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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia women’s basketball was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll conducted at ACC media day earlier this week, as determined by a vote of media, sports information directors and head coaches.

The Cavaliers are coming off a 19-15 season in which the squad advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. UVa recorded a 5-9 mark in ACC play. Virginia returns three starters, including all-conference selections Sharne Zoll, Lyndra Littles and Monica Wright, the 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year.

Maryland was selected as the top preseason pick for the season for the second consecutive year after receiving 27 of 37 first-place votes. North Carolina was second in the voting, followed by Duke, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Maryland’s Crystal Langhorne, a two-time All-American, was selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Joining Langhorne on the preseason all-conference team is teammate Marissa Coleman, North Carolina’s Erlana Larkins, Duke’s Abby Waner and Khadijah Whittington of NC State. Newcomer Jasmine Thomas of Duke was tabbed the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Virginia, under the helm of Debbie Ryan, now in her 31st year with the Cavaliers, opens the season Nov. 10 at home against Longwood. The squad will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Team Concept. The exhibition game is free of charge.

Season tickets currently are on sale for the 2007-08 season. Single-game tickets will be available to the public Monday.

ACC Preseason Poll
2007-08 Predicted Order of Finish

1. Maryland (27)
2. North Carolina (10)
3. Duke
4. Florida State
5. Georgia Tech
6. Virginia
7. NC State
8. Clemson
9. Virginia Tech
10. Miami
11. Boston College
12. Wake Forest

2007-08 Preseason All-ACC Team
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Erlana Larkins, North Carolina
Abby Waner, Duke
Khadijah Whittington, NC State

Preseason Player of the Year: Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Preseason Rookie of the Year: Jasmine Thomas, Duke

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