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Middle blocker Shannon Davis was recently named to the Denver Pioneer All-Tournament Team. In addition, Davis helped Virginia in its first weekend of play to the JMU Days Inn Invitational tournament title and was honored on the all-tournament team for her efforts. The fourth-year currently leads the Cavaliers in attack percentage and is second in total blocks this season.

This weekend, Davis will look to lead Virginia to its second tournament title when the Cavaliers open the home portion of their schedule. Playing host to the Marriott Jefferson Cup this Friday and Saturday, Virginia will face VCU (7 p.m. Friday), Binghamton (1 p.m. Saturday) and Appalachian State (7 p.m. Saturday) at Memorial Gymnasium.

Question: Were you able to do anything fun or exciting while in Denver?
Davis: Yes. Saturday night after the tournament was over we played at five, so we had some time in the evening we were able to go down to 16th Street with our parents and go to a nice restaurant and eat. It’s kind of a crowded popular street, especially on a Saturday night, so it was fun to get to see that atmosphere.

Question: Had you ever been to Colorado prior to this trip?
Davis: I have. I used to go there skiing as a young child. We’d go to Crested Butte or Beaver Creek for spring break. But that’s it, never in the summer time.

Question: How excited are you to open your season at home this weekend?
Davis: I’m really excited. I’ve been waiting for it for a while and I think that because we’ve played on the road twice, the excitement has built up a bit. Although it’ll be sad, I’m really excited to be here and have our home fan support. Hopefully we can show off what we can do.

Question: Any idea what you’re going to do once you graduate?
Davis: I’m going to take a year off to hopefully travel and then eventually go to physical therapy graduate school.

Question: What has been your most exciting moment of playing volleyball for Virginia?
Davis: I think there have been a few. I always enjoyed playing and beating Georgia Tech, I feel like I usually play well against them. Beating Clemson last year was also really amazing, the way that our team came back was awesome. But, I’m looking forward to this year too, and hopefully making the NCAA Tournament and winning the ACC Championship.

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