Weekend Previews: Nov. 11-13
“The Skinny” on weekend action for rowing, track & field, volleyball and wrestling
What: Rivanna Romp
Where: Earlysville, Va.
When: Sunday, 10 a.m.
The Skinny: The Virginia women’s rowing team looks to end its fall season on a high note Sunday morning at the Rivanna Romp. In their home regatta, the Cavaliers will host competing programs from Louisville, Duke, Penn, Clemson and Columbia.
After a strong second-place finish at the Princeton Chase Oct. 30, Virginia looks to keep up its momentum in their last regatta of the fall.
The Cavaliers dominated in last year’s Rivanna Romp, taking home first and second in the Varsity Eights race as well as the top three spots in the Varsity Fours competition. This marked the 10th victory in a row for Virginia’s top Varsity Eight boat in the romp.
Virginia has established itself as a frontrunner in the romp after taking first in both the Varsity Eights race and Varsity Fours race four years in a row. The Cavaliers also have won the Varsity Fours race in eight of the last nine years.
Competition begins at 10 a.m. in Earlysville, Va. with the Varsity Eights race. Admission is free to the public.
—compiled by Nick Dugan
What: Virginia vs. No. 11 Michigan
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
The Skinny: The Virginia Wrestling team will travel to Ann Arbor, MI this weekend to take on No. 11 Michigan in the Cavaliers’ first match of the season.
Last week at the Clarion Open the Cavaliers claimed four individual championships with 14 of their 21 wrestlers placing in the event.
Senior George Dicamillo won his opening match at the NWCA All-Star Classic and is currently ranked No. 10 in his weight class at 141 pounds.
Some of the key matchups to take place in the match against Michigan are Virginia freshman Jack Mueller (4-0) vs. No. 20 Austin Assad at 125 pounds, Virginia’s No. 10 Dicamillo (1-0) vs. Sal Profaci at 141 pounds and Virginia sophomore Chance McClure (3-0) vs. Jackson Striggow at 197 pounds
Virginia is 2-1 all-time against the Wolverines.
After taking on Michigan, Virginia will stay in the state for their second dual meet of the season against No. 18 Central Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday before returning home for the first home meet of the season Nov. 20.
—compiled by Hunter Ostad
Track and field
What: NCAA Southeast Regional Championships
Where: Earlysville, Va.
When: Friday, 11 a.m.
The Skinny: Virginia cross country hosts the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Friday in Earlysville, Va. After last week’s ACC championships, both the Cavaliers’ men and women teams look to prevail in the NCAA Regional meet and move on to the national championships.
This season, both the men’s and women’s teams have finished near the top of several meets. Both highly ranked teams expect good results this weekend from a positive fall season.
In the past, both teams have found success in the NCAA regional meets, advancing to the NCAA championships the past two seasons and looking to build off that success. Earlier in the season, the men’s team finished third in the Penn State National Open, a solid sign of the team’s strength. The women struggled a little more, finishing 18th in their pre-invitational. However, each team still remains optimistic heading into tomorrow’s meet, ready for another deep NCAA run.
Racing begins for women at 11 a.m. and men at noon.
—compiled by Ryan Coyne
What: Virginia Volleyball (5-21, 2-12 ACC) vs. Louisville (9-16, 4-11 ACC) and Notre Dame (19-8, 10-5 ACC)
Where: Louisville, Ky. and South Bend, In.
When: Friday and Sunday
The Skinny: Virginia volleyball hits the Midwest for two road games this weekend against the Cardinals and the Fighting Irish. After losing in a heartbreaker to Boston College Sunday, the team is looking to try to begin its final road stretch with a few big wins. The Cavaliers have yet to face either opponent this season.
Louisville comes into Friday’s matchup riding a two-game win streak — their most recent win was an upset over Notre Dame Wednesday. The Cardinals have scattered wins between several losing streaks this year, but seem to finally have some momentum going after winning back to back games for the first time since they started the season 3-0. Freshman hitter Melanie McHenry has made her presence shown as of late, leading the team in kills in both of their most recent wins.
Though they dropped a game to underdog Louisville, the Fighting Irish have had a very solid season thus far. The team started conference play 9-1, but have looked uncharacteristically vulnerable as of late, going 1-4 in their last four matches. Notre Dame is led by freshman phenom hitter Jemma Yeadon, whose 252 kills this season is good for best on the team in her first season.
After evaluating the state of his players this week, Virginia coach Dennis Hohenshelt will look to get two big wins on the road with his revamped game plan. The Cavaliers clash with the Cardinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Louisville.
—compiled by Alec Dougherty