Monday Motivation: May 19

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NCAA tennis, women's rowing, and women's lacrosse rule the week as we parted ways with graduating 4th years. Oh, Joe Harris participated in the NBA Combine and Peyton Manning stopped by Grounds.

Yesterday, thousands of Virginia students wore the honors of Honor as they crossed ranks from students to graduates of (in my opinion) the greatest place on Earth. Of the roughly four thousand graduates, 143 were members of the various 23 athletic teams around Grounds. Congratulations to all those who walked the Lawn. You have truly earned it, and are now members of the best alumni network around! You will remember that day for the rest of your life, and hang that diploma proudly. Wahoowa.

This week in Virginia athletics, the Hoos kept rolling in the post season.

Women's rowing won the ACC Championship, its fifth straight, sweeping all four regattas. The championship was Virginia's 14th in 15 seasons, utterly dominating the competition.

The ACC title is Virginia's fifth of the 2013-2014 season, joining men's basketball (whee!), women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis.

Speaking of tennis...both men's and women's tennis partook in NCAA matches this week, with varying degrees of success. Julia Elbaba and the women's team defeated Baylor 4-1 in the Round of 16, but fell to defending national champion Stanford. The loss wrapped up the most successful season in school history, finishing with a 24-6 record, ranked No. 4 in the country, and an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Men's tennis slammed Notre Dame 4-1 to get into the NCAA Quarters, where they blanked Baylor 4-0. The Hoos will face their arch nemesis USC in the semifinals today, and live streaming is available here.

In a big upset, the Virginia women's lacrosse team continued trudging through the post season behind a 6-0 second half run that propelled them past the third seeded Tar Heels from North Carolina. The win pushes the Cavaliers into the NCAA Final Four, facing fellow-ACC squad Syracuse this Friday at 5pm in Towson, MD.

Additionally, the win put the Hoos into the same category as men's and women's soccer:

This week Joe Harris (#swoon) attended the NBA Combine, and a couple teams had some nice reviews of the 6-6 sharp shooter (although we're all just hoping he dyes his hair, throws on a fake mustache, and comes back for another four years).

Philly.com said Harris may have been "the best shooter of the day", and the Timberwolves said he "...showcased nice touch on his jumpshot." The draft will take place June 26.

Finally, check out Peyton Manning's valediction from Saturday.

Well played, Mr. Manning...throw in a Thomas Jefferson reference and we'll be your friends for life:

"I challenge you: Show the world, by your actions, where the real sustainable value is. I'll paraphrase your founder, Thomas Jefferson, who said, 'If you want to know who you are, don't ask. Act. Action will delineate and define you.'"

As always, let's go Hoos!

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