Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
While you were likely buying things like "non-perishable goods" or "water" or whatever it is that people need to survive these days in the wake of hurricanes of historical proportions, many of Virginia's fall sports teams were in action. Not the football team. They had a week off to sit and think about what they've done.
It's already Tuesday which means that really, anyone who was truly dying to know what happened this weekend in Wahoo sports would have cleverly gone to that certain VirginiaSports website. But still, here's a two minute recap of all the action that was.
Men's Soccer. Or in this case, all the action that wasn't. The unranked Hoos played No. 22 Boston College to a scoreless draw. Consider this a victory for the Hoos, who with the draw clinched another .500 or better season for the 32nd straight season.
Women's Basketball. The season hasn't even started yet and exciting things are happening for this talented group of individuals. Former superstar Monica Wright and Hall of Fame coach Debbie Ryan will both be honored at halftime of the season opener on November 9 against JMU. Wright, the all-time leading scorer, will have her number retired. Now with the WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx , Wright is the first UVA player to have both their jersey and number retired. Coach Ryan's accolades need not be listed, for even in this internet age, I don't have enough space to list them all. She was the head coach for Virginia from 1978-2011 and was a national coach of the year and seven-time ACC coach of the year honoree. She will have a giant banner hung at JPJA, though anything short of "Debbie Ryan: Greatest. Coach. Ever." would do her injustice.
Men's Golf. It is weird to talk about golf during the fall when we're just recovering from a massive hurricane, but after winning the first two Web.com tournaments, former Wahoo Ben Kohles finished eighth overall on the money list with $303,977, even though he had just 10 starts. By comparison, the leader won $433,453 but needed 24 starts to do so. With his Web.com performance, Kohles earned his PGA Tour card this weekend, joining fellow former Cavaliers Steve Marino and James Driscoll on the 2013 PGA Tour. Congratulations, Ben!
Volleyball. The Volleyball team continued their struggles this weekend, falling to No. 12 Florida State and No. 24 Miami at home, 3-0 each. The Hoos are now 7-17 (1-12 ACC) in Coach Dennis Hohenshelt's first year at Virginia.
Field Hockey. The No. 6 Field Hockey team had a bit of a mixed weekend, taking down No. 22 Duke 3-1 (with Paige Selenski breaking the UVA career points record) but falling to No. 2 Princeton 2-1 on senior day - their only home loss of the season. Still, Virginia is 15-4 (4-1 ACC) on the season and earned their first ACC quarterfinal bye since 1998. The second-seeded Hoos will face the winner of Maryland and Duke on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Cross Country. Strong performances all around during this weekend's ACC Championships in Blacksburg. The men finished second, just six points behind Virginia Tech, while the women finished sixth overall. Individually, Zach Gates led the men with a fourth place finish, while Catherine White won silver medal for the women. True freshman Connor Rog came in first among the ACC's true freshmen, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Congratulations to the cross country team, and best of luck as they have their eyes set at regionals, which follows this weekend's Panorama Farms Open.
Women's Soccer. One step closer to an ACC Championship, the women's soccer team upset fourth seeded and eighth-ranked North Carolina on Sunday. The fifth-seeded and 10th-ranked Cavaliers advance to the semifinals with their third straight win over a ranked opponent. The Hoos will face top-seeded Florida State on Friday at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN3. For her performance on Sunday, Caroline Miller was named ACC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Swimming & Diving. We have an Olympic gold medalist on our team for crying out loud. Nothing more needs to be said. Virginia swept both Navy and Penn State in their first home and away dual meets of the season, respectively. Boom.