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Virginia Athletic Director Carla Williams announced Tuesday that interim Coach Ole Keusgen has been named the permanent head coach for Virginia field hockey. Keusgen served as the interim head coach for the ACC and NCAA Tournaments after it was announced that former coach Michelle Madison had been placed on leave by the University late last month.
Virginia volleyball won the latest edition of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash with a thrilling comeback 3-2 victory over rival Virginia Tech Saturday. The Cavaliers (9-13, 2-10 ACC) were able to recover after a sluggish start to defeat the Hokies (12-11, 2-10 ACC), who struggled with unforced errors throughout play.
Virginia Athletics announced Thursday that field hockey Coach Michelle Madison will be on leave for the remainder of the 2023 season. Madison will miss both the ACC and the NCAA Tournaments. The release did not provide details as to the reason for Madison’s departure.
A memorial service to honor the passing of former Virginia head coach and athletic director Terry Holland will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The event, announced March 8, will celebrate Holland’s achievements both while in Charlottesville and beyond. This follows the coach’s passing Feb. 26 at the age of 80.
Perhaps the second most important sporting event in the United States — behind only the Super Bowl — is on the horizon yet again. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, is set to take place once again. Selection Sunday has already happened, and the Round of 64 starts Thursday. Matchups are then played every weekend leading up to the Final Four and National Championship game, which will take place April 1 and 3, respectively.
All-ACC honors were released for the men’s basketball season Monday, and three Virginia players found their names listed among the various awards. The awards are determined by both league coaches and a panel of media members that cover every team.
Marques Hagans, Virginia football associate head coach and wide receivers coach, announced Monday that he would be leaving the program to take the wide receivers coach position at Penn State. Hagans will also serve as the offensive recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions.
Virginia swimming and diving (1-0) opened its season over the weekend with a dual meet against Florida in a battle of two powerhouses within the sport. The No. 1 women’s team defeated the No. 11 Gators (2-1) 180-115, while the No. 9 men’s team fell to the No. 3 ranked Florida squad 189-111.
The return of students to Charlottesville and the start of fall semester courses means that another event is right around the corner — football season. The Cavaliers kick off this year’s slate of games with a Sept. 3 matchup against Richmond, and a lot has changed within the program in the past year. So whether you’re a first-year student looking forward to your first chance to pack Scott Stadium for a real game or a returning student just looking to get more into Virginia athletics, here’s what to expect from this year’s squad when it takes the field for the first time.
Shocking news pulsated through the sporting world earlier this summer when USC and UCLA announced that the schools were in deep talks to join the Big Ten conference beginning in 2024. The next day, the current members of the Big Ten voted to accept the institutions as members, bringing the conference’s total to 16 teams that now stretch from New Jersey to Los Angeles.
Virginia basketball extended its season Sunday evening, defeating North Texas in an overtime thriller 71-69. The Cavaliers (21-13, 12-8 ACC) survived a long scoring drought to end the second half and two strong pushes from the Mean Green (25-7, 16-2 C-USA) to take the victory back home to Charlottesville.
As the final buzzer sounded Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., what Virginia basketball fans hoped would never become reality finally was set in stone — for the first time since 2013, the Cavaliers would not be heading to the NCAA Tournament. With that being the case, it would be completely understandable for many Virginia fans to become less interested in the finale of the college basketball season — or March Madness, as it has been branded.
With a trip to the semifinal of the ACC Tournament on the line and a chance to deliver payback to one of its most hated rivals, Virginia was not able to be competitive against North Carolina in a 63-43 loss that the team would surely like to forget. The Cavaliers’ (19-13, 12-8 ACC) offense in the first half ultimately was the downfall of the team, although the Tar Heels (24-8, 15-5 ACC) made shots on the other end as well to combine for a disappointing exit from the conference postseason.
Playing each other for the second time in just five days, Virginia took on Louisville in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. Despite starting just 2-17 from the field, the Cavaliers (19-12, 12-8 ACC) were able to grind through their offensive struggles to defeat the Cardinals (13-19, 6-14 ACC) for the third time this season.
Virginia basketball suffered its second straight home loss on a wild sequence of events, as freshman guard Matthew Cleveland hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Florida State a dramatic 64-63 victory in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers (17-12, 11-8 ACC) led by as many as 11 in the second half, but a furious comeback by the Seminoles (15-13, 8-10 ACC) negated any opportunity for Virginia to bounce back from the loss against Duke on Wednesday. Senior forward Jayden Gardner led all scorers with 21 points, but his efforts simply were not enough to pull out the win in the Cavaliers’ last home game of the season.
In Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final appearance in Charlottesville, Virginia basketball — on the back of an incendiary performance by senior guard Kihei Clark — gave the coach a farewell to remember, with a nail-biting finish ultimately not going the Cavaliers’ way. After leading by as many as five in the first half, the size and speed of the Blue Devils (24-4, 14-3 ACC) were simply too much to overcome, even in front of what was by far the best home crowd Virginia has seen all season. Clark would lead the Cavaliers (17-11, 11-7 ACC) in scoring with 25 points, while sophomore guard Jeremy Roach led Duke with 15.
After a strong 74-71 road win against Miami on Saturday, Virginia basketball will look to recreate its best moment of the season as No. 7 Duke comes to John Paul Jones Arena Wednesday evening. The Cavaliers (17-10, 11-6 ACC) won the first matchup between the two teams, as sophomore guard Reece Beekman hit a game-winning three-pointer with just one second remaining to silence the Blue Devil faithful and escape from Durham with a 69-68 victory. Now, in a game that would do wonders for Virginia’s uninspiring NCAA Tournament resume, the Blue Devils (23-4, 13-3 ACC) come to Charlottesville looking to avoid being swept by the Cavaliers for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
After the first matchup between these two teams came down to the final shot, the Valentine’s Day rematch between Virginia and Virginia Tech did not disappoint. Though the game featured dreadful shooting on both sides, the Hokies (16-10, 8-7 ACC) were able to pull away from the Cavaliers (16-10, 10-6 ACC) lae in the second half for a 62-53 victory. Senior forward Jayden Gardner led the team with 17 points and 14 rebounds, but the fact that Virginia did not make a single three-pointer all night was always going to make coming out of Blacksburg with a win a very tough task.
Although the series history between Miami and Virginia in men’s basketball has been relatively even, the Cavaliers (14-9, 8-5 ACC) continued their dominance with a 71-58 win, their fifth straight over the Hurricanes (16-7, 8-4 ACC). Virginia used exceptionally strong shooting — both from the field and from three — to blow past the Hurricanes, who simply could not stop the home team.
The trend of Virginia basketball being invincible after losses this season continued Tuesday night, as the Cavaliers (13-9, 7-5 ACC) defeated Boston College 67-55. After a back-and-forth first half, Virginia came out on fire to start the second, increasing the margin to double digits, and the Eagles (9-12, 4-7 ACC) could never truly get back into the game. In what has become a theme for the team this season, Virginia had a balanced scoring attack, with four players reaching double digits and senior guard Kihei Clark leading the way with 19 points.