Virginia is no longer just for lovers. Now, it's also for winners (I fully expect new license plate options at the DMV next week).
The Cavaliers doubled their ACC Championship total on the year with the men's and women's sweep of the weekend's tennis tournaments, adding to the two already earned by women's swim/dive, and men's basketball (that is still SO awesome to say...not sure it has sunk in yet).
For the ladies, it was the program's first ever ACC title, which they earned by defeating Georgia Tech (4-1), Miami (4-0), and Duke (4-2) in consecutive matches. The Hoos won the doubles point to kick off the finals, and singles matches from Danielle Collins, Maci Epstein, and Stephanie Nauta.
Nauta, a second year, clinched the historic win for Virginia behind some dramatics with a final of 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3). Nauta relished the pressure, however:
The win pushed the Hoos to 21-5, adding to the school record. Next up, Virginia will find out their opponent for the NCAA tournament, which begins May 9-10. Congratulations on the ACC Championship!!!
Virginia wins first ACC Championship title with a 4-2 win over Duke. Nauta clinched with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-3) win over Mar on court 3.— Virginia Tennis (@UVaWomensTennis) April 27, 2014
On the men's side of the house, Virginia kept cruising in ACC play and took their 10th ACC Championship in 11 years, and their eighth in a row. The Hoos didn't lose a single point in the tournament, blanking Florida State, Notre Dame, and North Carolina all with a score of 4-0.
The win pushed Virginia's outrageous winning streak in the ACC to 121 straight. Congrats, Hoos!
Cavaliers Blank UNC 4-0 to Win 8th Straight ACC title … http://t.co/ksoKZUtDD6— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) April 27, 2014
Make that 2 ACC titles today. MT @UVaWomensTennis: Virginia wins first ACC Championship title with a 4-2 win over Duke.— Phony Bennett (@IfTonyTweeted) April 27, 2014
Gotta love the 2 ACC championships today for men's and women's tennis. That makes 4 for the 2013-14 year with WSWIM and MBB. #Wahoowa— Todd Goodale (@GoodaleHoos) April 27, 2014
Keeping in the trend of winning, the No.1 baseball team took their 10th straight ACC weekend series by nabbing two of three from No.4
Jameis Winston Florida State. Nick Howard is my new favorite person for his efforts on the mound this weekend, facing seven Seminoles and fanning them ALL.
#UVa takes series from Florida State. Closer Nick Howard strikes out all seven FSU batters he faces in series.— Douglas Doughty (@DoughtySports) April 27, 2014
Nick is a boss. Faced 7 batters against the #4 team in the country and struck out every one of them #Beast— Austin Turner (@A_Turnt) April 27, 2014
Our own Will Campbell may not be good with the words or the grammars, but he's good with the baseball maths, so I trust him on this:
Some are playing with other theories about Howard's success...
I'm convinced that Nick Howard shines laser beams into the batters' eyes during his windup.— EmbraceThePace (@EmbracePaceUVA) April 27, 2014
Whatever the reason, Wahoo Nation is behind you, Nick.
The win secured Virginia's top spot, at least according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game.
The No.8 men's lacrosse team faced No.6 UNC on Saturday night in the inaugural Showcase Saturday after missing the bizarro four-team format the ACC adopted for the tournament this year.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jimmy "the Ripper" Pannell and Tyler "I Don't Speak" German, the Hoos went into halftime trailing the Heels 8-5. After the break, however, Virginia's offense found life and made a game of it, trailing 11-10 at the end of three quarters.
The good guys dominated the fourth quarter, scoring three goals and holding North Carolina scoreless, giving Virginia the 13-11 win. Mark Cockerton put up seven points on four goals and three assists, while goalie Matt Barrett came up with four of his nine saves in the fourth quarter alone. The first year made some big boy saves late in a pivotal game that could determine whether the Hoos host the first round of the NCAAs.
Showcase Saturday? More like the Showcase Showdown, and Bob Barker had Virginia like:
All in all, another successful Wahoo weekend. I think this sums it up perfectly:
Sports weekend UVa: men and women both win ACC tennis titles & #1 baseball team takes series at #4 FSU. Hokies weekend: Football scrimmage.— Frank Beater (@FrankBeater) April 27, 2014