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Volleyball claims tourney title; Parsons named MVP

The Cavalier women's volleyball team took their undefeated record into the Hi-IQ Classic Tournament Saturday against Rice University in Williamsburg. The Cavaliers, led by fourth-year middle blocker Jessica Parsons, recorded a 3-2 victory in dramatic fashion. The Cavs rallied to overcome a 2-1 game deficit by winning the fifth and deciding game 17-15. Parsons, named the tournament's most valuable player, recorded a career high 27 digs and seven blocks to help improve the Cav record to 7-0. Fourth-year Mary Francis Scott and third-year Deanna Zwarich also turned in stellar performances to earn themselves positions on the Hi-IQ All-Tournament Team. Next up for the Cavaliers is a trip to Georgetown University tonight to take on the Hoyas.

Ramirez leads U.S. swimming in San Diego

Austin Ramirez, the 1999 ACC Champion in the 500 and 1,650-meter freestyle, added another victory to his resume by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday at the Bank of America U.S. Olympic Cup in San Diego. Ramirez blew away the competition with an eight-second margin of victory, helping the United States take a commanding opening day lead over Great Britain and France.

University drops from Top 25

As expected, following the loss to the Clemson Tigers Saturday, the Cavaliers fell out of the AP Top 25 yesterday. Florida State's victory over then No. 10-ranked Georgia Tech solidified them as the preliminary front runner for the National Championship, while Penn State's narrow 20-17 victory over Pittsburgh dropped them one slot in the polls falling from No. 2 to 3.

Virginia golf flies high

Virginia golfers James Driscoll, Mike Mitchell, Steve Marino and Shivin Kwatra turned in a final score total of 221 to help the Cavaliers finish third at this week's Ridges Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in Johnson City, Tenn. The Cavs, who finished nine strokes behind first place Oklahoma and four strokes behind Arizona, defeated all seven ranked teams in this week's field. The team will return to action Sept. 19-20 when they host the Cavalier Classic at Birdwood Golf Course.

U.S. women's lax regains title

The U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team regained the world title from the Australians last week at the World Championships in Perth, Australia. Led by second-year Cav Lacey Aumiller, the women defeated the Australians with relative ease, winning 15-8. Aumiller, who is also the team captain, led all scorers with three goals and three assists as the U.S. team went undefeated, equaling the mark set by the 1997 team.

Smyth replaces McIlquham as assistant coach

Virginia head swimming coach Mark Bernardio named Bill Smyth as head assistant coach for the men and women's programs, replacing recently departed Eric McIlquham. Smyth, a 1994 graduate and five-time All-American, had been a part-time coach until his promotion Friday.


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