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Women's swimming, diving dominates in opener

Cavalier first-year Cara Lane won three events in her first collegiate meet to aid the 11th-ranked Virginia women's swimming and diving team to a 145.5-97.5 victory at Clemson Saturday. The season opener for the women featured Lane's victories in the 500-freestyle, 1,000-free and 200-fly races, along with fourth-year Rebecca Cronk's wins in the 50-free, 100-free and participation on the winning 400-free squad.

Meanwhile the 11th-ranked men's team was upset by the Tigers, 136-107. The loss came after the Cavs (1-1) knocked off then-No. 7 Tennessee in the season opener.

Bright spots for the Cavaliers were wins by second-year Ed Moses in the 100-breast, first-year Guy Yimsomruay in the 200-individual medley and fourth-years Doak Finch and Austin Ramirez in the 100-fly and 500-free, respectively. Third-year Jamie Grimes took the 1,000-free in an event where the Cavs swept the first four spots.

Spikers split

The Virginia volleyball team ended with a season split in this year's series with Georgia Tech after losing in Atlanta Saturday by a score of 3-1 (15-5, 16-14, 14-16, 16-14).

The Cavs' unsuccessful attack was led by Jessica Parsons, a fourth-year middle blocker and 1998 first team All-ACC selection who led the five Cav contests in double figure kills with 20. She also contributed 10 digs and five blocks in the match.

Other major contributors in the Virginia attempt were fourth-year outside hitter Whitney Bilger with 13 kills and 10 digs, third-year outside hitter Katie Jones with a match-high 23 digs and 12 kills and third-year middle blocker Deanna Zwarich with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Field hockey snags first ACC win

The No. 12 Cav field hockey team bagged a crucial win over No. 10 Duke in overtime to earn its first ACC victory of the season by a 3-2 margin in Charlottesville yesterday.

Second-year midfielder Jess Coleman blasted a shot into the Devils' cage to record the win, which almost escaped Virginia after getting an early 2-0 lead on Duke thanks to goals by fourth-year Meredith Elwell and third-year Lorraine Vizzuso.

The Blue Devils popped two quick goals in less than five minutes in the middle of the second half to force an overtime period.

The important victory improves the Cavs to 12-6 for the season and earned Virginia the No. 4 seed for this weekend's ACC Tournament at Wake Forest where the Cavaliers will rematch No. 5 seed Duke in hopes of reaching the Conference semifinals.

Soccer topples Titans

The Virginia men's soccer team chalked up an impressive 2-1 victory Friday against No. 7 Cal-State Fullerton at UCLA in the opening round of the UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic.

Despite being outshot 10-5 and falling to a 1-0 deficit early in the second half, the Cavaliers (9-6-1) fought back for an enormous win which was integral in the Cavs late-season push for a NCAA playoff bid.

Second-year scorer Sheldon Barnes tied the score five minutes after dropping behind with a whopping 10-yard blast assisted by first-year Kyle Martino and third-year leader Ryan Trout.

Third-year Curtis Bush sealed the huge triumph with a crafty 12-yard pop thanks to another great assist from Martino 11 minutes after tying up the ball game.

The Cavaliers tangled with No. 3 UCLA in another influential battle yesterday but the results were not available at press time.


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