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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia announced its 2011 volleyball schedule on Wednesday (July 6) and the slate features at least 17 home contests in Memorial Gymnasium, including two non-conference tournaments. Virginia will face seven teams that advanced to postseason play last year.

“We are anxious for the upcoming season and excited to give our young team an opportunity to grow and challenge themselves against some of the top teams in the country,” Virginia head coach Lee Maes said. “Our schedule features a nice mix of nationally prominent teams.

“Every season, our objective is to compete for an ACC Championship and earn a postseason berth. We feel our scheduling is conducive towards those goals.”

The Cavaliers return 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference, East Region and Virginia State Freshman of the Year McKenzie Adams and all-state honorees Simone Asque and Jessica O’Shoney.

Volleyball season tickets are now on sale. All tickets for the 2011 season are general admission in the bleachers and standing room areas of Memorial Gymnasium. Please note that while entry is guaranteed for all ticketed patrons, the purchase of a season ticket also guarantees a seat in a reserved general admission seating area. All other tickets and admissions are general admission and do not guarantee a seat in the bleachers.

Fans can order season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit VirginiaSports.com. 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).

Season tickets for adults are $30, while youth, senior and faculty/staff season tickets are $20. For a single match, general admission tickets are $5 but do not guarantee a seat in the bleachers. Youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission tickets are $4 and group tickets (20 or more) are $3 per ticket. Discounted tickets for active faculty/staff members are limited to two per match.

Prior to the regular season, the Cavaliers will hold the annual Orange and Blue Scrimmage at Mem Gym on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. Admission to this event is free.

The regular season begins on Friday, Aug. 26 when Virginia hosts the first of two non-conference tournaments, the Marriott Cavalier Classic. Teams from Western Carolina, USC Upstate, and Western Michigan will compete on both Friday and Saturday (Aug. 27).

The next weekend (Sept. 2-3), the Cavaliers host the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup, which will feature East Carolina, Long Island and 2010 NCAA runner-up California.

“We are looking forward to hosting two tournaments at Memorial Gym to open the season,” Maes said. “Our first match of the Marriott Cavalier Classic welcomes Western Michigan to Charlottesville. Western Michigan’s roster includes Gillian Asque and this will present the opportunity for her to play against her older sister, Simone, who is a fourth year outside hitter for our team. Cal highlights three teams competing in our Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup. Cal was last year’s national runner-up and returns a majority of its squad.”

A road trip to Athens, Ohio on Sept. 9-10, pits Virginia against Marshall and 2010 NCAA participants Louisville and Ohio.

The conference schedule begins on Sept. 16 with a trip to Blacksburg to face in-state and league rival Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers will also play a final non-conference match against BIG EAST opponent Connecticut (Sept. 17) at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum.

Beginning with Florida State on Sept. 23, Virginia will host five contests against 2010 NCAA participants (Miami, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.)

The Cavaliers close out the regular season with five-consecutive home matches in Memorial Gymnasium, with Senior Day ceremonies taking place on Nov. 25 against Virginia Tech.

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