June 16, 2008
    Kublina to join Diawara in Olympics
    The Notebook
    Former Virginia Tech women's basketball player Ieva Kublina (Riga, Latvia) will compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China after her Latavian National Team qualified on Friday in a FIBA qualifying tournament in Madrid, Spain. Kublina will join another former Tech player, Nare Diawara (Bamako, Mali), who is a member of the Malian National Team which won the African Nations Championship last October in Dakar, Senegal.

    Kublina's Latvian National Team qualifed with a 82-26 victory over Angola to earn the Olympic berth as she contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

    The 6-4 Kublina played for the Hokies from 2000-04 and is the third leading scorer in the history of the program (1,647). She also tops the career blocked shots list (256) and ranks second in career rebounds (845). Kublina was named the 2002 BIG EAST Conference Most Improved Player and was a CoSIDA District III Academic All-American in 2004.

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