Women's Volleyball


Erin Virtue
Erin Virtue
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Charles, Ill.

High School:
St. Francis

Height:
5-8

Position:
Setter

Birthdate:
04/13/1983

AT ILLINOIS

2004:
• Named Pre-Season All-Big Ten
• Named All-Tournament at State Farm Illini Classic.
• Amassed 2,000 assists in the win over and finishes with 2,220.
• Suffered an ACL tear in her right knee vs. Ball State on Sept. 17 and will miss the rest of the season.

2003:
Moved into the full-time setter role and with the Illini's success, made a name for herself in the volleyball world. • Received All-Big Ten and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American accolades • Also named AVCA All-Mideast Region • Her 1,627 assists were the fifth most in a single season in Illinois history. • Named to the All-Tournament Team at all three tournaments Illinois participated in -- at Illinois State, the State Farm Illini Classic and at the University of Connecticut • Earned the team's Sandy Scholtens Award at the Networkers Banquet for excelling in athletic achievement, effort, and attitude • Ranked second in the Big Ten in assists per game (13.56), while ranking seventh in the league in service aces (0.34), and 18th in digs (2.66) • Posted a career-high 80 assists vs. Purdue and 62 assists vs. Butler • Recorded 15 double-doubles and was the big reason Illinois hit .252 • Recorded a career-high 23 digs vs. Akron • Earned her third Varsity "I" Award.

2002:
Played in 26 matches on the year, either at setter or as a defensive specialist • Tallied 81 assists on the season • Had a career-high 34 assists in her first career start at setter vs. Penn State (Nov. 9) • Averaged 1.6 digs per game • Registered a career-high nine digs vs. Michigan State (Oct. 26) • Academic All-Big Ten • George Huff Award winner • Earned second Varsity "I" award

2001:
True-freshman played in 14 matches on the season, including eight Big Ten matches • Saw action both at setter and as a defensive specialist • Recorded 88 assists on the season • Had a season-high 19 assists in just one game vs. George Mason (Aug. 31) • Collected 22 digs on the year, with season-high four digs coming vs. Loyola (Sept. 4) and against Wisconsin (Sept. 29) • Recipient of Sandy Scholtens Award for athletic achievement, effort, and attitude at annual Networkers volleyball banquet • Earned first Varsity "I" award.

High School
Led St. Francis to a second place finish in the IHSA Class AA state championships as a senior, tallying over 350 assists and 200 kills • Named to the 2000 all-state team by the Chicago Tribune and all-area teams by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald and the Naperville Sun • Led St. Francis to back-to-back Suburban Catholic Conference Championships • Member of the Sports Performance club team that won the 2001 AAU 18-and-under national championships in Orlando, Fla. • Earned All-American AAU honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Personal
Parents are Patrick and Carol Virtue • Majoring in kinesiology • Has two sisters and two brothers • Younger brother, Danny, is a freshman at Illinois • Older sister, Katie, was the starting setter at Ohio State from 1999-2002 • Four-year honor roll student and member of National Honor Society • Favorite athlete is former Chicago Bear, Walter Payton • Lists her parents as the people who have most influenced her career because, "They taught me how to reach for my dreams and have always been my biggest fans."

Erin Virtue By The Numbers

Overall Statistics
    Year    MP    GP    K     E     TA     Pct.    A    SA   SE   RE   DIG   BS   BA    TB    BE   BHE
    2001    14    18    0     3     7    -.429     88   0    3    2    22    0    5     5     5    3
    2002    26    74    2     4     11   -.182     81   11   33   4    117   0    2     2     0    2
    2003    33    120   56    19    149   .248     1627 41   43   0    319   2    44    46    9    17
    2004     8    30    5     3     16    .125      424 12   14   0     61   0     6     6    0     7
    Total   111   252   63    29    183   .186     2220 64   93   6    519   2    57    59    14   29

Erin Virtue's Career Highs

K:     5 vs. Wisconsin (11/15/03)
E:     4 vs. Murray State (12/5/03)
TA:    10 vs. Minnesota (11/7/03)
PCT:   .833 (5-1-6) at Michigan (10/18/03)
A:     80 vs. Purdue (10/24/03)
SA:    4, twice; last vs. Ohio State (10/11/03)
SE:    4 vs. Penn State (10.10/03)
DIG:   25 vs. Akron (9/13/03)
BS:    1, twice; last vs. Northwestern (11/12/03)
BA:    4, twice; at Purdue (11/22/03)
TB:    4, twice at Purdue (11/22/03)


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