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GREENSBORO, N.C. Virginia senior Sarah Kirkwood has been chosen as the 2007 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, league commissioner John Swofford announced Friday.

The Scholar-Athlete Award was established this past September to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sport. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 during the last two semesters.

A Rhodes Scholar finalist, Kirkwood was selected to the All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team in each of the last three seasons, and was named a second-team Academic All-American for the 2007 season. As a cognitive science major and pre-med student, she was chosen as a resident of UVA’s Lawn, one of the university’s most prestigious academic recognitions.

On the court, the Tampa, Fla., native has been one of the ACC’s best, earning All-ACC and AVCA All-East Region recognition in each of her final three years of competition. As the team’s top player in 2007, Kirkwood led the Cavs to 13 league wins and ranked among the ACC’s top five in kills, service aces and total points. She will finish her career as Virginia’s all-time leader in service aces, kills and attack attempts.

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