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Weekend Previews: Oct. 17-19

Full previews of the volleyball team's weekend games can be found online. Previews for footballmen's soccer and women's soccer can be found online and in Thursday's print issue of The Cavalier Daily.

Rowing

What: The 50th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta

When: Sunday, 1:51 p.m. (Championship Fours), 2:18 p.m. (Championship Eights)

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

The Virginia women’s crew will look to be the top collegiate boat for the fourth consecutive year in the Championship Eights race at the Head of the Charles this weekend in Boston. Last year, the Cavaliers finished the nearly 5,000 meter head race with a time of 16:36.529. Virginia will begin its 8+ race at 2:18 p.m. Sunday and will compete against crews including Yale, Notre Dame, Harvard and Michigan, who all finished in the top eight last year.

The Cavaliers also have an entry in the Championship Fours race. Virginia will start at 1:51 p.m. Sunday and competition includes ACC rivals Syracuse, Duke and Miami.

This world famous regatta is in its 50th year, and the course is challenging for coxswains as it features seven bridges and many turns and curves.

The Cavaliers’ races can be lived streamed via a webcast of the regatta on www.hocr.org.

—compiled by Alexandra Glynn

Cross Country

Who: No. 10 Virginia women’s cross country

What: Wisconsin adidas Invitational

When: Friday, 11 a.m.

The women of Virginia cross country face a stern test at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational this Friday. The Cavaliers will compete against a field which simulates the NCAA Championship in both quality and quantity.

Virginia is one of 40 women’s teams to gather at the starting line in Madison. Of those 40, 22 are ranked in the top-30 nationally including six top-10 units: second-ranked Michigan State, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Iowa State and No. 9 Florida State.

The ACC is well represented No. 12 Syracuse, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 17 Boston College, and No. 28 Notre Dame joins the Seminoles and Cavaliers.

Friday’s meet is the final test for Virginia before the ACC Championship Oct. 31. The Cavaliers hold the privilege of hosting the conference’s championship event this year.

—compiled by Matthew Wurzburger

Field Hockey

What: No. 11 Virginia (11-4, 4-1 ACC) vs. Liberty (9-5, 3-0 NorPac), No. 18 Old Dominion (7-6, 1-1 Big East)

Where: University Hall Turf Field

When: Friday, 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.

After an up-and-down set of games, the Virginia field hockey team plays host for the final time this regular season as it takes on both Liberty and Old Dominion this weekend in Charlottesville.

Virginia will meet its first opponent in the Flames in just the second-ever contest between the two teams. Last season, Virginia bested Liberty 2-0 as then-senior forward Elly Buckley scored both of the team’s goals. Then-junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone blocked one shot to preserve the shutout. The Flames had amassed a win streak of eight consecutive wins before losing to Duke last Sunday, and they look to start yet another streak with a win Friday.

Afterward, the Cavaliers will face a more familiar foe in the Monarchs. Despite accumulating 10 straight losses to Old Dominion from 1998 to 2007, Virginia has fared well in recent years, winning five of its last six matchups, including the teams’ face-off last season in which the Cavaliers won 5-3. Old Dominion will look to do away with this trend as it hopes for a Sunday victory.

In their games last weekend, the Cavaliers defeated the Richmond Spiders 2-1 before dropping their hard-fought Sunday game to Wake Forest. Despite rallying from a 3-1 deficit, the Cavaliers were unable to complete the comeback as they lost to the Demon Deacons 4-3 for the team’s first conference loss.

Virginia hopes to bow out from its final regular season homestand with a pair of victories this weekend.

—compiled by Charles Siegel

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