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Cranberry Graduate, Girls Hoops Coach Carrie (Mason) Melat Inducted into Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame

Carrie Melat (right) with Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Cranberry graduate and current Berries girls’ basketball coach Carrie (Mason) Merlot was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame Friday.


“When I found out, I was kind of speechless,” Melat told “It’s just a complete honor. The program, the history, the university, coming from a small town that I come from. It’s just surreal to me.”

A four-year starter for Virginia Tech from 2003 to 2006, Melat finished her career with 1,369 points, which was the seventh-most in school history when she graduated, and 200 3-pointers, which was the school record at the time.

Playing at Cranberry from 2000 through 2003, Mason helped the Berries to a PIAA quarterfinal appearance in 2002 when Cranberry finished second in District 10 and to the PIAA second round as a freshman in 2000, when the Berries finished third in District 10. She finished her high school career with 2,335 points, second only to Susan Blauser’s 2,385 points in school history.

More on the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony can be found here.


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