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Sept. 24, 2015

Virginia at Duke and Wake Forest
Duke Date/Time Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
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Location Durham, N.C. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
Wake Forest Date/Time Saturday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
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Location Winston-Salem, N.C. | Reynolds Gymnasium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team will open Atlantic Coast Conference action on the road this weekend. The Cavaliers take on Duke at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Durham, N.C., then travel to Winston-Salem for a 6:30 p.m. tilt with Wake Forest on Saturday.

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Virginia (8-3, 0-0 ACC) enters conference play after its best finish in non-conference since 2008. The Cavaliers won eight matches, including two tournament titles, in the first four weekends.

Most recently, UVa finished 3-0 to claim the American Classic title in Washington, D.C. Virginia swept UMBC and William & Mary and came back after trailing 2-0 to defeat tournament-host American.

Junior Lexi Riccolo (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up tournament MVP honors after averaging 4.27 digs per set and matching her career-high with 25 digs against American. Freshman Anna Walsh (Grapevine, Texas) was named ACC Co-Freshman of the Week after leading the team with a .474 hitting percentage and 11 blocks.

Duke (6-5, 1-0 ACC) won its first ACC match of the season after topping Wake Forest, 3-0, on Wednesday. The Blue Devils lead the league in kills-per-set (14.51) and digs per set (16.89). Emily Sklar leads the team and the ACC with 4.44 kills-per-set, Sasha Karelov is averaging 4.57 digs-per-set and Leah Meyer is averaging 1.05 blocks-per-set.

Wake Forest (8-5, 0-1 ACC) fell to Duke, 3-0, on Wednesday night to open ACC play. The Demon Deacons are 2-1 at home this season with wins over Georgia and Hofstra. Caroline Wolf ranks second in the ACC with 4.97 digs-per-set. Offensively, two players are averaging over 3.0 kills-per-set, Kylie Long leads the team with 3.88per set and Matalee Reed is adding 3.05 per set.

Virginia’s match against Wake Forest will be the 1,200th match in program history.

Following this weekend, UVa will return to Memorial Gym to host its ACC home opener against Pittsburgh on Friday, Oct. 2. The Cavaliers will then host Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash match on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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