We're in that portion of the schedule where winter sports are still going strong and spring sports are just starting to pick up. With that said, it was a big weekend for the Virginia Cavaliers, one that resulted in an ACC Championship, 16 ticks in the WIN column and only one, albeit painful, for the LOSS column. Here's a look at how this weekend went for the Hoos.
|UNC: 54-51 L
|Let's just get this one out of the way first. The Hoos dropped a heartbreaker to Carolina on Saturday. Cheating was likely involved.
|Wake Forest: 61-55 W
FSU: 66-57 W
|Virginia just got the job done this weekend, plain and simple. With this pair of wins, the Hoos clinched a six seed in the ACC Tournament, which starts this week.
|Virginia wins its fifth consecutive ACC title and 13th in 14 years. Dominance.
|Track & Field
|Both the men and the women finished fourth in the ACC Championships this past weekend. Senior Marcus Robinson repeated as the men's triple jump champion, while junior Morgane Gay picked up her first conference title in the women's mile. It was the women's best team finish in nine years, since 2003.
|Ohio: 9-2 W
Ohio: 7-6 W
Colgate: 13-2 W
St. Joseph's: 3-1 W
St. Joseph's: 8-3 W
|At 11-2 overall, the Cavaliers are off to their best start since 1993, a team that also started 11-2. This is apparently what it's like to have a little bit of help in the circle, as this year the Hoos are using both junior Melanie Mitchell (earned first-team All ACC as a freshman) and freshman Rachel Gillen (three-time Gatorade Player of the Year). The Cavs will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fl. next weekend to compete in ESPN's Citrus Classic.
|Monmouth: 18-4 W
Monmouth: 7-1 W
Monmouth: 13-1 W
|Finally, Virginia is playing like we've been used to them playing. The Hoos flexed some muscle this weekend to sweep the series against Monmouth.
|Virginia Tech: 6-1 W
|The No. 3 Virginia men's tennis team picked up their second ACC win this season with a victory at Virginia Tech. The Hoos won at doubles, then wasted no time in clinching the win with three straight-set victories by Justin Shane, Mitchell Frank and Drew Courtney. Also scoring for the Hoos were Philippe Oudshoorn and Alex Domijan. Julen Uriguen was the only one to fall. This is Virginia's 80th consecutive ACC win, a conference record. The Cavs have a break until March 6 and 7, when they travel to face Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
|Auburn: 5-0 W
Arizona: 4-0 W
Alabama: 4-3 W
|No. 12 Virginia won the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic Championship this weekend in Alabama, defeating No. 20 Alabama in the finals. The team is now 9-2 on the season and will be hosting VCU next weekend.
|Stony Brook: 12-5 W
|Steele Stanwick became just the third Cavalier and seventh ACC player to achieve 100 goals and 100 assists, as the top-ranked Hoos dispatched Stony Brook on Saturday. Just for the record, Cornell's Rob Pannell has not hit this milestone yet.
|Syracuse: 9-7 W
|No. 6 Virginia used a 5-2 run to clinch the win over No. 12 Syracuse on Sunday. Freshman Liza Blue notched her first collegiate hat trick in the frenzy, while keeper Kim Kolarik made 10 saves. The Hoos travel to College Park on Friday to open up ACC play against Maryland.