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Virginia opened ACC play at home Friday night, taking on NC State in a primetime matchup. The Cavaliers (0-4, 0-1 ACC) needed to change the direction of their season after three tough losses. The Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 ACC) were coming off a commanding 45-7 win against the Virginia Military Institute and were hoping to continue that momentum into conference play. Unfortunately, Virginia continued its disappointing start to the season with a 24-21 loss.
Virginia is set to hit the road once again, facing off against a familiar adversary in Maryland Friday evening. The Cavaliers (0-2, 0-0 ACC) are coming off a game where they blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead against James Madison. On the flip side, the Terrapins (2-0, 0-0 Big 10) have begun their season with impressive victories over Towson and Charlotte. With a mere 13.9 percent chance of victory according to ESPN, Virginia is yet again aiming for a monumental upset if they are hoping to secure their first win of the season.
Following a 36-point defeat against No. 12 Tennessee, Virginia will look to bounce back in a big way against an in-state opponent in James Madison. The Cavaliers (0-1, 0-0 ACC) are looking to pick up their seventh straight home-opener win but enter the game as six-point underdogs. The Dukes (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) dominated in their season opener against Bucknell, winning 38-3. James Madison is the first FBS transitioning team to be favored in a game against a Power Five program in at least the last 15 years. With Virginia catching the injury bug early in the season, they will need some added help to pull off the upset this Saturday.
Virginia football opened the season Saturday afternoon on the road against No. 12 Tennessee. The Cavaliers (0-1, 0-0 ACC) were hoping to pull off a huge upset, as they entered the game 28-point underdogs. The Volunteers (1-0, 0-0 SEC) boasted the nation’s top offense last year and were hoping to replicate their success with a new starting quarterback. Ultimately, the game was a one-sided affair as Virginia lost the game 49-13.
No. 12 Virginia women’s soccer hoped to continue their early season success against West Virginia Thursday night. The Cavaliers (4-0-1, 0-0 ACC) had not given up a goal all season and had scored a remarkable 14 goals through just 4 games. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) were trying to pull off an upset after close defeats to No. 4 Duke and No. 8 Penn State. Ultimately, Virginia avoided the late pressure and prevailed in a 2-1 contest.
No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer entered Sunday night’s contest against George Mason coming off their first draw of the season against Michigan. The Cavaliers (3-0-1, 0-0 ACC) had been unable to score in Thursday night’s game and were looking to get their offensive performance back on track. Meanwhile, the Patriots (0-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) were simply looking to get their first goal of the season. Unfortunately for George Mason, that did not happen Sunday night as Virginia came away with a 4-0 victory on the road.
No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer came off their 5-0 victory against Nevada by replicating that score at the in-state, home matchup against Radford. The Cavaliers, (2-0, 0-0 ACC) held the Highlanders (1-1, 0-0 Big South) to just one shot in their stellar defensive performance. Offensively, the Cavaliers put up 24 shots of their own and made junior goalkeeper Jordan Phillips’s night a busy one.
No. 7 Virginia flew into Omaha with its eyes set on winning their second National Championship in program history. Confidence was high following a sweep through the regionals and a performance in the Super Regionals in which it outscored Duke by 19 runs. The starting pitching, which had been a question mark for the Cavaliers (50-15, 19-11 ACC) had been nearly perfect, and thus Virginia looked as if it lacked any holes entering the eight-team tournament. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, many of the bats went cold and late-inning pitching proved costly, leading to their elimination from this year’s College World Series.
No. 7 Virginia baseball clinched a berth to the College World Series over the weekend, marking its sixth appearance in Omaha, Neb. in program history. While the Cavaliers (50-13, 19-11 ACC) dominated the competition for most of the season, the path to compete for a national championship was not always certain. What at one point looked like a disappointing repeat of the 2022 season where Virginia could not overcome late season struggles and fell in the Regional round turned into exhilaration at Disharoon Park Sunday afternoon.
Following an offensive explosion in a Tuesday night victory against VCU, No. 8 Virginia traveled to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (32-7, 12-7 ACC) were hoping to avoid back-to-back weekend series losses as were the Fighting Irish (21-15, 9-10 ACC). Ultimately Virginia’s struggles continued, particularly on the pitching side with Notre Dame scoring 25 runs across three games.
Behind every successful college basketball program is a hardworking group of people — some athletes, some employees — that make the ultimate goal of winning a national championship possible. Most of the praise goes to the most visible of those participants. In Virginia’s case, all signs point to Coach Tony Bennett and players like Kyle Guy or De’Andre Hunter. However, there is also a lot of work behind the scenes that contributes to the quality of basketball that Cavalier fans have become accustomed to.
Following a dominant performance against Old Dominion, No. 7 Virginia took on rival Virginia Tech on the road this weekend at Atlantic Union Bank Park in Blacksburg as part of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash. Although the Cavaliers (24-4, 8-4 ACC) put together 26 runs over the course of three games, the Hokies (17-10, 4-8 ACC) outpaced them on their way to scoring 29 runs. Ultimately Virginia won Friday night’s contest but couldn’t replicate that success and lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
No. 15 Virginia finished its season with a strong performance at the NCAA Championships at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Over the course of four days, the Cavaliers racked up 78 points, which was not enough to compete with California who won with 482 points. However, Virginia was able to secure a school record and garner multiple individual All-American honorable mentions over the course of the meet.
No. 14 Virginia came into this weekend's series matchup against No. 23 N.C. State riding high off a 20-5 victory against George Washington Tuesday. The Cavaliers (17-2, 4-2 ACC) looked to continue their offensive surge and maintain their Coastal Division lead. The Wolfpack (15-5, 2-4 ACC) were hoping to rebound off a rough four-game stretch where they picked up just one win. Ultimately, Virginia won two of three games in Raleigh, N.C., taking care of business against a ranked opponent, though it dropped to second in the Coastal standings.
No. 19 Virginia started off the 2023 season over the weekend in the Hughes Bros. Challenge, picking up wins over Navy, Ohio, and UNCW. Over the course of three games, the Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 ACC) racked up 39 runs, setting the tone that this season’s lineup had the potential to be even better than last year’s squad.
No. 1 Virginia women’s swimming and diving won their fourth straight ACC championship Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. with 1,536 total points— the most ever in an ACC championship. The Cavaliers won 14 of 18 swimming events and finished ahead of No. 4 N.C. State and No. 11 Louisville to pick up their 19th championship overall. The No. 15 men’s swimming and diving finished in fourth with 946 points, behind No. 4 N.C. State, No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 14 Lousivlle.
Virginia swimming and diving continued its season on the road in Raleigh, N.C. over the weekend in a matchup against both North Carolina and N.C. State. The No. 1 Cavalier women’s squad (4-1) picked up the win against the Tar Heels (3-2) 261-92 and the Wolfpack (4-1) 223-130. The No. 14 men’s team (1-4) split the series, beating North Carolina (3-2) 250-103, but falling to No. 4 N.C. State (5-0) 89-264.
No. 8 Virginia came into Sunday night’s matchup against No. 11 Duke extremely confident. The Cavaliers (13-3-3, 6-2-2 ACC) came in with a three-game win streak, the last of which secured them home-field advantage against the Blue Devils (12-4-2, 6-2-2 ACC). However, Virginia was unable to make the most of numerous goal scoring opportunities and ultimately lost the game 1-2.
No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer, hoping to rebound after back-to-back ties, hosted a pair of conference opponents at Klöckner Stadium to close out its regular season home schedule. The Cavaliers (12-2-3, 5-2-2 ACC) took on Wake Forest on a crisp Thursday night, using a second-half goal from freshman midfielder Maggie Cagle to take down the Demon Deacons (9-6-2, 3-6 ACC), who have struggled in conference play.
A back and forth matchup Thursday night in Blacksburg between No. 13 Virginia and Virginia Tech ended in a 3-3 draw. The Cavaliers (10-2-3, 3-2-2 ACC) came back from an early deficit, but ultimately couldn’t hold their lead.