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Monday Motivation: September 8

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Another week of Wahoo athletics, another week of winning.

Valles brings the pain.
Valles brings the pain.
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I feel different this Monday...what is that lingering happiness?

Ah yes. The Virginia Football team remembered how to win!

After almost an entire calendar year, the Cavaliers cleared the cobwebs from the win column and scared the ghosts of Wahoo quarterbacks past out of the closet as they steamrolled Richmond 45-13 on Saturday. The controversial dual-quarterback combo of Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns were both too good to solidify a starter, combining to go 17-22, 167 yards, and a TD pass apiece.

Virginia's receiving corps shone again this week with nine different Cavaliers grabbing a reception, including the first career catch for first year Jamil Kamara (six yards on the play). Darius Jennings had another fantastic showing with four receptions for 79 yards and another 130 on returns, including one for 86 yards.

Canaan Severin finished the day with two receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, both receptions were for touchdowns. Not a bad afternoon. Since VirginiaSportsTV is the best ever, they have started creating .gifs, and they are amazing.

Also, happy belated 10th birthday, VirginiaSportsTV! We love you.

On the ground, the Hoos found success behind rushing touchdowns from Kevin Parks, Daniel Hamm, and Smoke Mizzell. This also happened:

Once again, the defense absolutely wreaked havoc. Richmond managed only 59 yards rushing, and although they had a strong passing attack going, Virginia's seven, yes...SEVEN, takeaways kept the Spiders off the board. The Hoos harassed former Virginia quarterbacks Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco by way of four sacks, three interceptions, and three forced fumbles (the fourth fumble was so unforced it's almost sad).

Daquan Romero led the team with 12 tackles and an interception. First year Quin Blanding (seven tackles) hauled in his first career interception, and almost had a second. He has been very impressive in his two games thus far as a Cavalier, and has shown improvement already. Tim Harris, after struggling some early on, redeemed himself with the third interception.

Henry Coley (eight tackles), Eli Harold, and Max Valles (1.5 sacks) all forced fumbles, and Eli Harold returned his 22 yards to the house.

The Hoos face Louisville, No. 21 in the AP Coaches Poll, on Saturday in Charlottesville. Kickoff is at 12:30, and the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. Get there early, and get loud.

Women's Volleyball cruised to three victories this weekend over LIU (3-1), Navy (3-1), and Alabama (3-1) as they extended their record to 6-0. The lady Hoos travel to Evanston, Illinois this weekend for the Wildcat Challenge where they will try and build on their best season start since 2003 (they started 16-0 that year).

Women's Soccer, ranked No.3 nationally, continued demolishing the competition with wins over Alabama (3-0) and Samford (3-1). Alexis Shaffer, Emily Sonnett, and Danielle Colaprico scored for the Hoos against the Crimson Tide in a game they dominated from start to finish. Virginia outshot Alabama 23-6 and had eight corners to their zero.

Against Samford, Morgan Brian, Brittany Ratcliffe, and Veronica Latsko found the back of the net. The Hoos had 18 shots to their three, but Samford's goal was the first given up by Virginia this season, who have now outscored their opponents 18-1 en route to their 5-0 start. Get out this Friday as they host Tennessee at 5:30.

Men's Soccer, also ranked No.3, rebounded from a double overtime loss by taking down UAB 2-1 behind goals from substitutes Kyle McCord and Sam Hayward. The men also play Friday evening at home, hosting Virginia Tech at 8:00 after the ladies finish.

Men's Golf pulled of an epic comeback in the Northern Intercollegiate, climbing back from 7th to win the tournament with a 15-over 879. The team of two first years, two second years, and a fourth year finished three shots ahead of Winthrop and Ohio State. The No.13 ranked Cavaliers were led by second year Jimmy Stanger who ended up 7th overall with a 2-under 70 on the final round. Virginia's golfers finished 7th, 8th, 11th, 17th, and 30th overall in an impressive showing on a tough course.

Finally, the Field Hockey team, ranked No.6, held of 7th ranked Princeton in a 6-4 win. First year Tara Vittese, second year Emilia Tapsall, and fourth year Maddie DeCerbo all scored their first career goals in the match. The Hoos host Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday.

With another successful week in the books and another kicking off, I leave you with this:

#swoon. Go Hoos!