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No. 3 Virginia begins bid for conference crown today

Cavaliers face No. 14 Duke in first match of ACC tournament, hope to win championship for first time in tournament

The No. 3 Virginia field hockey team begins its quest for an ACC Championship today when it hosts No. 14 Duke at Turf Field.

This weekend will mark the first time Virginia (16-2, 3-2 ACC) has hosted the postseason conference tournament since 2003. Under coach Michele Madison, the Cavaliers have a 3-3 record in the ACC Tournament. Virginia has never won the ACC Championship in the tournament's 26-year history, while North Carolina has hoisted the championship trophy a conference-high 16 times.

"We have been waiting for it since they announced it," sophomore midfielder Rachel Jennings said. "We have been preparing for it all season. It's a huge goal of ours to win. Every practice and every ACC game just prepares us more."

The last game the Cavaliers played should be especially beneficial to tournament preparation, as the squad just faced