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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia volleyball head coach Lee Maes announced Thursday the captains for the 2009 season. Senior outside hitter Lauren Dickson and senior libero Brittani Rendina will serve as this season’s team leaders.

“We’ve completed our preseason training camp and each player has an initial grasp of what our culture looks like and what the goals, expectations and standards are that have been set forth by the coaches and team,” Maes said. “Now was an appropriate time to declare the leaders of this year’s squad that best represent Virginia volleyball and its ideals. We place great value and responsibility in this important role.

“Both Brittani and Lauren have demonstrated the following qualities our captains must possess. Both are respected by their peers for their work ethic, attitude, emotional fortitude and selflessness. They possess the essence of leadership by making others around them better and more productive. They are able to assist with internal and external management of the team. They accept responsibility and are accountable for taking action, and they are an obligate teammate.”

The Cavaliers open their season Friday, playing Northern Iowa at 1:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.

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