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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia volleyball team has been picked to finish seventh in the annual Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, as released today by the conference office. In addition, sophomore Simone Asque has been named to the 2009 Preseason All-ACC volleyball team, as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

Duke nabbed 116 of the possible 121 points, including seven first-place votes, to lead all teams in the predicted order of finish. Just five points separated the next three teams, as Florida State (104), Miami (101) and North Carolina (99) also earned first-place votes, respectively. Clemson is tabbed to finish fifth, collecting 75 points and is followed by Virginia Tech’s 71 points, while the Cavaliers gathered 62 points. Georgia Tech (49), Wake Forest (47), Maryland (33), NC State (21) and Boston College (14) round out the remaining teams in the league.

Asque, a member of the six-member ACC All-Freshman team a year ago, was named to the preseason all-conference team. An outside hitter, Asque ranked third on the team last season in kills, with 203, and dug 156 attacks. She tallied four double-doubles and was the only Cavalier to have a 20-kill performance, knocking down 21 in a 3-1 win over Wake Forest.

Virginia will open its season at the Texas A&M Invitational on August 28-29. The Cavaliers will face Northern Iowa, Texas A&M and Iona, before returning home to host the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup on September 4-5.

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