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Virginia clinches victory in 2018-19 Commonwealth Clash

Cavaliers beat the Hokies in year-long competition for the first time since 2016

<p>Virginia clinched the Commonwealth Clash trophy Saturday.</p>

Virginia clinched the Commonwealth Clash trophy Saturday.

Virginia has clinched the Commonwealth Clash trophy for the first time since the 2015-16 season, beating out Virginia Tech.

The Commonwealth Clash is a head-to-head points-based competition within the 22 varsity sports in which the instate rivals compete against each other. While the rivalry has lasted for over a century, the Clash officially started in the 2014-15 season. Virginia won the competition the first two years, but Virginia Tech has won the past two years.

After a higher finish by the Virginia women’s team at the 2019 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, the Cavaliers raised their Clash points total this year to 11.5, while the Hokies sit at 9.5 points. The women’s team finished third in the event, and the Hokies placed fourth.

With only one point left up for grabs in the Clash — a three-game baseball series between Virginia and Virginia Tech May 16-18 to wrap up the regular season — the Cavaliers have clinched victory in this year’s competition.

Despite falling short in football again this year, Virginia won Clash points in men’s soccer, men’s cross country, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and women’s outdoor track and field.