UVA Sports Weekly Recap

Photo Courtesy Bob Donnan, USA Today Sports

#4 Men’s Basketball (28-7) : 81-45 Win vs. Hampton, 77-69 Win vs. Butler

Virginia cruised to a 36-point victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Senior Anthony Gill led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds. The Cavalier offense continued to run efficiently, as the ‘Hoos shot 55% in the game and 48% from behind the arc.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/lFbAuJfqH5E

The Cavaliers pulled out a tough victory against ninth seeded Butler on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Butler’s Andrew Chrabascz had an outstanding game, recording a season-high 25 points. But UVa adjusted, putting senior Malcolm Brogdon on the big man and limiting him to only one point in the last 15 minutes of the game. Virginia ran a balanced offense as well, getting four players into double digits in the scoring column. Brogdon led the pack with 22 points and five assists, while Anthony Gill added eight rebounds. The ‘Hoos will advance to the Sweet 16 to play fourth seeded Iowa State on Friday.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/MXo6MX2alQw

Women’s Basketball (17-15) : 52-50 Win at VCU, 71-55 Win at Rutgers

The women’s basketball team pulled out a close victory against VCU in the first round of the WNIT. Virginia was down by nine with six minutes left, but rallied to take the lead with some clutch shooting. Senior Faith Randolph had a solid game for the Cavaliers, recording 21 points and adding five rebounds.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/y7D_FBFWKBM

The ‘Hoos put on a strong performance on Sunday, knocking off Rutgers 71-55 in the second round of the WNIT. Randolph again led the Cavaliers, scoring 23 points and going 9-9 from the line. Virginia will take on Hofstra in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, March 22nd.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/xx2Cpd9hgdg

#10 Baseball (15-6) : 4-3 Win vs. Towson, 10-8 Win vs. Towson, 4-0 Win vs. Wake Forest, 6-4 Win vs. Wake Forest, 9-8 Loss vs. Wake Forest

The Virginia baseball team took on Towson at home on Tuesday in the first of a two game midweek series against the Tigers. The ‘Hoos got out a to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Towson capitalized on UVa errors, and brought the game back to a stalemate. Still, senior Kevin Doherty stepped up for the Cavaliers, pitching 5.2 innings and driving in the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth, ensuring the 4-3 victory.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/xD6C604oeeE

The ‘Hoos completed the sweep against Towson on Wednesday with a 10-8 win. UVa twice trailed by three runs, but each time managed to come back, aided in part by the back-to-back home run effort from Matt Thaiss and Adam Haseley. Sophomore Bennett Sousa picked up the win for the Cavaliers.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/cpHyJP4pQdg

Virginia faced Wake Forest in an ACC series this weekend in Charlottesville. The ‘Hoos took game one of the Double Header on Saturday 4-0 thanks to an outstanding performance from junior starter Connor Jones, who pitched 7.1 scoreless innings.
In game two, Wake Forest jumped out to a lead with a three-run fourth inning, but the Cavaliers quickly responded, scoring five runs in the next five innings to close out the game. Haseley had an outstanding day at the plate, tallying two triples, three doubles, and two singles through both games.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/HRK-K-PpjLI

Virginia dropped game three to the Demon Deacons 9-8. The ‘Hoos trailed by as much as 8-1, but managed to tie the game in the eighth after an amazing comeback. Eight different players scored for the Cavaliers. But Wake Forest got a man across in the top of the ninth on a throwing error to seal the game and the UVa loss. Virginia will take on James Madison on Tuesday before starting a three game series against Louisville this weekend.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/HzTeXJ3UTu8
Men’s Lacrosse (3-5) : 8-7 OT Loss at #2 Notre Dame

The Cavalier men’s lacrosse team lost a thriller on Saturday against second ranked Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish tied the game with just two minutes left to play, sending the game into overtime. Notre Dame continued its momentum, as Sergio Perkovic broke out for an unassisted goal 29 seconds into the extra frame, sending UVa home with a loss. James Pannell, Zed Williams, and Ryan Lukacovic led Virginia with two goals each. The ‘Hoos will move on to host Johns Hopkins on Sunday.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/RlOh4iL51AM

#9 Women’s Lacrosse (4-5) : 16-4 Loss at #5 Notre Dame

The Virginia women’s lacrosse team dropped their match against Notre Dame on Saturday, 16-4. The Fighting Irish outshot UVa 43-12 and held a 29-20 advantage in ground balls. Still, sophomore Cavalier goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk made an outstanding 15 saves in the loss. The ‘Hoos will take on James Madison on Wednesday in Charlottesville.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/dFJ6Dc3T1vc

#1 Men’s Tennis (14-2) : 7-0 Win vs. North Carolina State, 7-0 Win vs. #23 Florida State

The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team swept NC State on Friday, 7-0. Shane, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, Aragone, Wiersholm, and Styslinger all picked up wins on the singles court. The ‘Hoos move to 3-0 in ACC play with the victory.

The Cavaliers continued their outstanding play on Sunday, blanking the #23 Florida State Seminoles. Shane, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, Wiersholm, Aragone, and Styslinger all emerged with victories. UVa will take on Notre Dame at home on Friday.

#10 Women’s Tennis (9-5) : 4-2 Loss at #4 Georgia, 5-2 Win at North Carolina State, 4-3 Loss at Wake Forest

The Virginia women’s tennis team fell to the fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday. The Cavaliers started well on the doubles court, as the team of Julia Elbaba and Skylar Morton picked up a win alongside another Virginia duo of Cassie Mercer and Stephanie Nauta. But Georgia excelled in singles play, taking all but one match.

The Cavaliers rebounded on Saturday with a 5-2 win at NC State. Both of UVa’s double teams (Elbaba/Morton and Mercer/Nauta) picked up wins to catapult Virginia to the victory. Freshman Meghan Kelley closed out the meet with a 6-0 match win on the singles court.

The ‘Hoos dropped a close meet against Wake Forest on Sunday. The Demon Deacons came from behind late, taking the final two singles matches to clinch the victory. Danielle Collins, Julia Elbaba, and Meghan Kelley all picked up match wins for the Cavaliers. UVa will return to action against Miami on Friday.

Softball (8-21) 2-0 Loss vs. Louisville, 7-2 vs. Louisville, 2-1 Loss vs. Louisville

The Virginia softball team took on Louisville in a three game home series this weekend, beginning with a Double Header on Friday. The ‘Hoos struggled at the plate in both games, scoring only two runs on the day thanks to a two run shot from junior Katie Park in game two. Virginia dropped both games.

The Cardinals tallied nine hits in the series finale on Sunday to complete the sweep of Virginia. Louisville scored both of their runs in the top of the third, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers recorded a run in the bottom of the third thanks to a sacrifice fly from Kaitlin Fitzgerald, but couldn’t bring the game any closer as Louisville held on for the 2-1 victory. Virginia will take on Longwood in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday before starting a three game series with Pittsburgh this weekend.

Wrestling (6-7-1) : NCAA Championships
The Virginia wrestling season ended on Friday as junior George DiCamillo lost his match by an 8-6 decision in the NCAA Championships Round of 12. Sophomore Andrew Atkinson advanced to the Quarterfinals, while senior Zach Nye made it to the second round.
Swimming & Diving : Women’s NCAA Championships – 5th, 264 pts.

The Cavalier women’s swimming & diving team finished fifth in the NCAA Championships over the weekend. Junior Leah Smith took home the 1,650-yard freestyle race for the second straight year, capping off her spectacular season. Senior Courtney Bartholomew also finished second in the 200 back. The Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begin on Wednesday, March 23rd and run through Saturday, March 26th.

#4 Women’s Rowing
The women’s rowing team took four of five races against #6 Yale on Saturday in Charlottesville. UVa’s Varsity Eight team of Lucas-Conwell, Solis-Cohen, Long, Briggs, Ratcliff, Dikkers, Sherman, Darry, and Casto completed a come-from-behind, one-second victory. The team will move on to compete in a tri-meet with Ohio State and Michigan on Saturday, April 2nd.


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