Virginia tailback Thomas Jones and center John St. Clair each received All-American honors last week. St. Clair was named to the All-American second team by Football News, and Jones received honors from Football News and the Football Writers Association of America, while also being named to the Walter Camp 1999 All-America team -- the nation's oldest collegiate all-star team.
Jones, a fourth year from Big Stone Gap, Va., set ACC single-season records for most yards rushing (1,798) and all-purpose yards (2,054). He also led the ACC in rushing touchdowns (16), total touchdowns (17) and receptions by a running back (22) this season.
Jones is the first Virginia running back to receive first-team All-American honors since Jim Bakhtiar in 1957. He also is the first Cavalier to be named to the Camp team since guard Mark Dixon in 1993 and joins former Tar Heel Don McCauley as the only running backs in ACC history to be named to the team.
St. Clair, who received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top blocker in the ACC, played a major role in helping pave the way for Jones' campaign. The Roanoke native is a two-year starter at center for the Cavaliers. He is the first center in school history to be named to an All-American team.
LaRue paces Cavaliers in win
The Virginia women's basketball team took home third place at the Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday following stellar play from first-year Schuye LaRue.
In Sunday's 85-64 win over Washington at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii, LaRue had a perfect night, completing all nine shots from the field and two from the free throw line. Her performance ties the school record for shooting percentage, held by Wendy Palmer and DeMya Walker.
As a team, the Cavs (3-1) shot a season-best 52.7 percent from the field and had 25 assists on 29 field goals made. Fourth-year Lisa Hosac led Virginia with a career high three trifectas and 19 points. Third-year Erin Stovall had 13 points, while fourth-year Renee Robinson had nine points and eight assists.
Volleyball snaps American's streak
In Saturday's 3-0 (15-10, 16-14, 15-9) victory over American, the Virginia volleyball team (19-11, 9-7 ACC) snapped American's 25-match home winning streak which dated back to September 1998.
In the win, fourth-year middle blocker and 1999 All-ACC Second Team selection Jessica Parsons had 14 kills, eight digs and seven blocks to lead the Cavs.
Fourth-year setter and 1999 All-ACC First Team pick Mary Frances Scott registered 56 assists to reach the 6,000-assist plateau. She entered the match with 5,954 assists. Scott is the 11th NCAA Division I player to reach that milestone.
Jones named Doak Walker semifinalist
Virginia tailback Thomas Jones is among eight semifinalists for the 1999 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top running back in college football. The other semifinalists include Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, LaDainian Tomlinson of Texas Christian, LaMont Jordan of Maryland and Shaun Alexander of Alabama.
LaMontagne receives Tatum Award
Virginia offensive lineman Noel LaMontagne has been selected as the recipient of the 1999 Jim Tatum Award.
The award is given annually to the top senior student-athlete among the ACC's football players.