Cavalier Sports Weekly Roundup
The Hoos’ attempt at a title defense quickly came to a close Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Klockner Stadium, as they were upset by Old Dominion 1-0. The loss completed a disappointing finish to the season for Virginia, which also lost to unranked NC State and rival Maryland (twice) before beginning NCAA play.
Things are looking better for the ladies, however. Virginia hosted rounds 1 and 2 of the NCAA’s this weekend, and defeated Lehigh and South Carolina to advance to the round of 16 – which they will also host since #1 seeded Maryland was upset this weekend. The ‘Hoos will take on Ohio State on Saturday at Klockner.
The 2011 schedule has been released and can be found here. Virginia begins the season February 18th in a tournament at Auburn.
The ‘Hoos opened up the season with an exciting home win Friday night against William and Mary, then followed it up with an easy victory over USC Upstate Monday night. They will not see the friendly confines of JPJ until December 7th, however, and face a difficult road trip featuring Stanford, Washington and others at the Maui Invitational, Virginia Tech, and Minnesota.
UVa won its opener on the road at Hofstra, and cruised to a win at home Sunday against Mt. St. Mary’s to improve to 2-0. The ladies dropped their first game of the season Thursday night at #4 Tennessee in a close, hard-fought battle. Virginia will return home Sunday to take on Longwood.
UVa has had a stellar season, stumbling only against rival ACC foes in their biggest games of the season. They will get another shot at redemption this weekend at the NCAA Final Four in College Park, where they’ll have to go through #2UNC and likely #1Maryland to take home the title. UVa defeated Michigan State and Princeton this week to advance to the semis.
UVa lost at Clemson and Georgia Tech this week, falling to 13-14 overall and 7-10 in the league. Another road weekend awaits the Cavaliers, this time at Duke and Wake Forest.
Virginia ran its record to 6-0 with three wins at The Duals in Hershey, PA this weekend, defeating #14 Kent State, Edinboro, and the Citadel. UVa is ranked 21st, and the win over KSU marked the highest ranked opponent the Cavs have ever defeated.
The men’s team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships (held on Monday), while the women’s team automatically qualified by winning the Southeast Regional NCAA title. Women’s coach Jason Vigilante was named the Southeast Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The men and women recorded victories over Virginia Tech and Princeton this weekend at the AFC. They host Indiana and Penn State this Friday and Saturday.
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