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October 2016

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BY MIKE SCANDURA U NIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA women's volleyball coach Dennis Hohenshelt has two words he uses when describ- ing fourth-year outside hitter Haley Kole. "We use the words terminal player," Hohenshelt said. "We need the person that finishes rallies. That's an important role she's taken for us since her freshman year. We want her to take big, aggressive swings. She understands that's her role on the team right now. "Given her stats last year, she should have been an All-ACC player." The coach has a point, considering last year Kole led the Cavaliers with 348 kills and became the 18th player in school his- tory to register 1,000 kills for her career. In addition, she collected 231 digs, 57 blocks and 20 service aces. "She's proficient in all aspects of the game," Hohenshelt said. "She even would tell you that her ball handling in the back row play has improved and that she's come a long way since her freshman year." Other than that, Kole twice has been named to the ACC All-Academic team. "She's a high volleyball IQ kid," Ho- henshelt said. "She understands it and can roll with it. She can help other kids that don't have as high a volleyball IQ. "Say it once to her and she understands it. Her role is a little like that of a coach on the court as well." Kole recognized from day one the demands of playing a varsity sport at a university like Virginia with its high aca- demic standards. "Time management is huge," she said. "Really, it's a matter of understanding volleyball might be No. 1A and academ- ics might be 1B, and in the long run that's what's going to take me further. "I chose the university because it was a special place to be. Walking around, I saw there was a need for every student to learn. There was a perfect balance be- tween academics and athletics." During the course of an interview, Ho- henshelt noted another word that's ap- STRONG FINISHER Fourth-Year Haley Kole Is On Her Way To Enjoying Her Best Season Yet

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