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Women's soccer splits weekend matches

Virginia women's soccer coach Steve Swanson surely wasn't satisfied with the result of his homecoming.

Stanford 3 - Virginia 1
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Virginia 1 - Santa Clara 0
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However, the Cavaliers did not travel 2400 miles to lose both their games in the Stanford Nike Invitational. Less than 40 hours later, they rebounded and played exceptional defense to record their fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Santa Clara (4-3). The Broncos were held to a season-low nine shots, and Cav goalkeeper Julie Harris recorded three saves.

Virginia (4-3) relied on freshman Sarah Lane's first collegiate goal to put them past Santa Clara in the 76th minute. In Friday's game, midfielder Lori Lindsey scored the Cavs' lone goal, which was only the second allowed by Stanford's stingy defense this season.

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    Stanford won the Invitational title with a 3-0 win over Maryland Sunday. Cardinal junior defender Amy Sauer was named tournament MVP. Lindsey and fellow Cav mid Kelly Worden also made the all-tournament team.

    Volleyball deflated

    In Fayetteville, Ark., the Virginia volleyball team went 0-3 in the Bank of Fayetteville Invitational over the weekend. The three losses dropped the team's record to 4-6.

    Friday night, Virginia lost to Arkansas, the host team, in straight sets, (15-9, 15-9, 15-4) in the first round of the tournament. Senior middle blocker Deanna Zwarich had 10 kills and two service aces while sophomore middle Simona Kuipers contributed six kills and a team-high eight blocks.

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    Arkansas Invitational

    Virginia 0 - Arkansas 3

    Virginia 1 - Michigan 3

    Virginia 1 - Houston 3
     

    The Cavaliers' woes continued Saturday with losses to No. 23 Michigan, 3-0 (15-1, 15-4, 15-6) and Houston, 3-1 (15-4, 7-15, 15-4, 16-14). Freshman setter Abby Whittenburg totaled 71 assists in the two games. Senior outside hitter Katie Jones had a good game against Houston with 14 digs.

    Cross country warmup

    In their top runners' first meets of the season, both the men's and women's Virginia cross country teams finished second overall at the ACC Preview Cross County Meet in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. The Cavs competed last weekend at home, but only ran their second-tier runners.

    For the Virginia men, Charlottesville native Bobby Thiele was the top finisher with a time of 23 minutes, 45 seconds. To give the Cavs three runners in the top 10, Matt Ruhl finished fifth (23:53) and Ryan Webb 10th (24:02).

    For the women, Sarah Folse finished third (18:57) while Dana Coons (19:02) and Jess Thomas (19:39) finished in fourth and ninth place, respectively.

    The teams will compete again next Saturday in the William & Mary Colonial Invitational in Williamsburg.

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