Weekend previews: Nov. 3-5

‘The Skinny’ on weekend action for field hockey and women’s golf

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Senior midfielder Tara Vittese, recently named the ACC Player of the Year, will look to lead the Virginia field hockey team to a berth in the ACC Championship Game. 

Amy Zhang | Cavalier Daily

Field hockey

What: Tournament Semifinals

Where: Trager Stadium, Louisville, Ky.

When: Friday at 12 p.m.

The No. 3 Cavaliers are preparing this weekend for their first ACC tournament matchup against the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels. If Virginia (15-3, 5-1 ACC) wins this game, they will advance to the conference finals to play for the ACC championship.

The Cavaliers won the ACC regular season tournament title last week, which allowed them to clinch the top spot in the ACC tournament and get an important first round bye. Virginia’s powerful and versatile offense will now have to again face the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-3 ACC), who handed the Cavaliers their worst loss of the season at home only a few weeks ago. This could prove to be one of the toughest games the Cavaliers have left, as they have beaten every team on the opposite side of the roster.

The game will take place at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky. at 12 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks.

— Compiled by Luke Beasey

Women’s golf

What: Battle at the Beach

Where: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

When: Friday – Sunday

The Skinny: The Virginia women’s golf team will play their final tournament of the fall season this weekend at the Battle at the Beach.

The Battle at the Beach is a premier tournament hosted by Baylor University. The tournament’s 15-team field features many elite teams, including UCLA, the No. 1-ranked team in the country on golfstat.com.

Virginia’s starting lineup for the Battle at the Beach will be freshman Beth Lillie, sophomore Julia Ford and juniors Morgan Gonzales, Katharine Patrick and Anna Redding. The Cavaliers have used this same starting lineup in all three previous tournaments this season. Additionally, junior Juhee Bae will compete for Virginia as an individual.

Lillie is coming off a first-place finish at the Landfall Tradition tournament last weekend, and Redding has finished in the top 10 in two of Virginia’s three tournaments this fall.

After the final round of the Landfall Tradition was cancelled last weekend due to inclement weather, Virginia should expect much nicer conditions in this tournament.  

Virginia is scheduled to tee off at 10:30 a.m. EST Friday.

— Compiled by Jack Gallagher

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