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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team opens its season at home this weekend, playing host to the annual Marriott Jefferson Cup. Appalachian State, Binghamton and Virginia Commonwealth will all visit Memorial Gymnasium for the two-day tournament.

Play will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, with the Cavaliers taking the court for the first time at 7 p.m., vs. Virginia Commonwealth.

The Rams enter the tournament with a 3-3 record. Virginia holds an 18-12 advantage in the all-time record between the two schools. The last time the two programs met was in the 2004, when Virginia cruised to a 3-0 victory over VCU, extending its win streak to 13 consecutive matches over its in-state rival.

The Cavaliers will open play on Saturday against Binghamton, at 1 p.m. The contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the volleyball court. The Bearcats (3-4) are the fifth opponent this season that the Cavaliers are facing for the first time.

Virginia will conclude tournament play at 7 p.m. on Saturday, when it hosts Appalachian State (1-6). The last time the two programs met was in the 2005 Jefferson Cup, in which Virginia defeated ASU, 3-0, behind a school-record nine service aces from former Cavalier Sarah Kirkwood.

Since returning to a renovated Memorial Gymnasium in 2003, the Cavaliers have posted an overall record of 13-2 in the Jefferson Cup, and won three of the past five tournament titles.

Tournament Schedule
Fri., Sept. 12

Appalachian State vs. Binghamton at 4:30 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth at Virginia at 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 13
Virginia Commonwealth vs. Appalachian State at 10:30 a.m.
Binghamton at Virginia at 1 p.m.
Binghamton vs. Virginia Commonwealth at 4:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Virginia at 7 p.m.

Virginia has incorporated a new ticket policy for volleyball matches this fall. Season tickets for adults are $50, while youth, senior and faculty staff season tickets are $35. For a single match, general admission is $5. Youth, senior and staff general admission is $4 and group ticketing of 20 or more will be $3 each.

Fans can purchase tickets online, in-person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit In-person sales can be made at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

In addition, one season ticket holder will win a 32” LCD TV. All purchasers are automatically entered to win.

Concession Stand

There will be a concession stand available at each of Virginia’s home matches this season. As a reminder, no outside food or drink will be allowed in the gymnasium.

Fans attending this weekend’s events can park for free on the weekend and after 5 p.m. on Friday at the new Culbreth Road Parking Garage, located behind Carr’s Hill Field.

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