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Weekend Previews: April 15-17

“The Skinny” on weekend matchups for rowing and women’s and men’s golf

<p>Senior Lauren Coughlin, one of four Cavaliers to place in the top-10 at the&nbsp;Bryan National Collegiate, will lead the Virginia women's golf team&nbsp;into the ACC Championships this weekend.</p>

Senior Lauren Coughlin, one of four Cavaliers to place in the top-10 at the Bryan National Collegiate, will lead the Virginia women's golf team into the ACC Championships this weekend.


What: Clemson Invitational

Where: Lake Hartwell, Clemson, S.C.

When: Saturday and Sunday; all day

The Skinny: After a five-race sweep on the Rivanna against unranked Duke, No. 3 Virginia heads to South Carolina to compete in the annual Clemson Invitational.

Facing harsh winds and challenging rowing conditions last weekend, the Cavaliers remained strong in their racing, prevailing in the waters as they have frequently this spring. Eager to continue in their success, Virginia heads to Clemson with high hopes for the weekend.

The 2016 Invitational welcomes 20 challenging opponents, including three ACC-rivals in host Clemson, No. 20 Louisville and No. 19 Syracuse. Virginia’s second to last event before the ACC Championships, this final regular-season showdown with conference competitors will likely set a tone leading into the Championships, where they will again face these teams.

Virginia dominated last year’s Invitational, finishing first in eight of nine races for one of the team’s strongest showings of their 2015 season.

—compiled by Emily Caron

Men’s Golf

What: Wolfpack Invitational

Where: Raleigh, N.C.

When: Saturday and Sunday; all day

The men’s golf team will conclude its regular season this weekend when it travels to Raleigh for the two-day Wolfpack Invitational hosted by ACC rival North Carolina State.

No. 21 Virginia is in a good place to shoot for a first place finish in Raleigh as it is the second-highest ranked team in the 16-team field. The Cavaliers are also hoping to extend their streak of top-five team finishes to five — a streak which has extended through the entire spring season thus far. The other teams competing this weekend are host N.C. State, Chattanooga, Columbia, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Elon, Francis Marion, George Mason, Loyola-Maryland, Manhattan, Middle Tennessee State, Pennsylvania, Richmond, South Florida and Virginia Commonwealth.

The Wolfpack Invitational both marks the first tournament in which Virginia has participated since placing fourth at the Linger Longer Invitational a month ago as well as the return to college golf of junior Derek Bard, who participated in the Masters last weekend. The team was originally scheduled to participate in the Hootie Intercollegiate last weekend but withdrew due to Bard’s absence.

Following the Wolfpack Invitational, Virginia will have a week to prepare for the ACC Championships in New London, N.C. Afterwards, the Cavaliers are all but certain to receive a bid to participate in the regional rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

—compiled by Grayson Kemper

Women’s Golf

What: ACC Championships

Where: Greensboro, N.C.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday; all day

The Virginia Women’s golf team hopes to capitalize on a first place finish at its most recent tournament when it begins postseason play at the ACC Tournament this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.

The No. 17 Cavaliers are coming into the ACC Tournament playing their best golf of the season, having recorded second and first places in their previous two tournaments, respectively. Virginia won their most recent tournament two weeks ago at the Bryan National Collegiate, in wire-to-wire fashion. Four different Virginia players — seniors Lauren Coughlin and Elizabeth Szokol, junior Lauren Diaz-Yi, and freshman Anna Redding — placed in the top 10 individually.

Virginia comes into the tournament as the second-highest ranked team in the field, behind fifth-ranked Duke. The Cavaliers will be in the last group of 12 participating teams to tee off in Friday morning’s first round, alongside Duke and No. 23 Florida State. Each team will participate in all three rounds, with the team with the lowest three-day aggregate score taking home the championship.

The other qualifying teams in the field will be Boston College, North Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest. The other two schools in the ACC, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, do not have official women’s golf programs.

Following the ACC Tournament, the Cavaliers will most likely be extended a bid to compete in the NCAA Regional Rounds, which take place in early May.

—compiled by Grayson Kemper