It's Monday. That means Virginia basketball is tipping off in just four short days. Make sure to check out all of our coverage as we've counted down the days!
-The Women's Swimming and Diving team earned their first ever top ranking, coming in at No.1 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll following wins over Tennessee, Michigan, and Penn State to open the season. Augie Busch's team joins Women's Soccer as the current Virginia teams that rank No.1 currently, and the swimming and diving team is the 12th program at UVA to have ever been ranked in the top spot in their respective sports (can you name the other 11?). Congrats, ladies!
-Although they came just short in the ACC Championship, falling to FSU in penalty kicks, Virginia placed four ladies on the ACC Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team: Makenzy Doniak, Alexis Shaffer, Emily Sonnet, and Kristen McNabb.
On top of finishing top of the ACC in the regular season, the Wahoos took All-ACC honors in Defensive Player of the Year (Sonnet), Coach of the Year (Steve Swanson), and Offensive Player of the Year (Doniak). Well done, ladies. Looking forward to the NCAAs.
-Men's wrestling went on a Midwest adventure and picked up wins over North Dakota State (25-14), South Dakota State (23-9), and Grand Canyon (32-3) to open their season 3-1. Next up the Hoos take on No.8 Ohio State on Friday.
-Field Hockey was picked as the No.3 overall seed for the NCAA tournament and will host Delaware in the first round this Saturday, November 14. If (when) the Hoos are victorious, they will stay in Charlottesville and play the winner of Duke/Stanford. All seven ACC teams made the NCAA tournament, going to show how ridiculously talented the conference is. Good luck, ladies!
Last week's ACC title in Cross Country got me thinking. How has Virginia fared in the last five years (Fall 2010-Spring 2015) both in ACC titles and national titles? Well, let me tell you.
-10 different teams have won an ACC title in the last five years (baseball, men's basketball, women's golf, rowing, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's tennis, and wrestling).
-Four teams have won multiple ACC titles in that span (rowing, women's swimming and diving, men's swimming and diving, and men's tennis).
-Virginia has won 24 ACC titles over the last five years.
-In that span, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and rowing won their respective ACC titles all five years.
-Five teams have won a total of seven national championships in the last five years (baseball, rowing, men's tennis, men's soccer, and men's lacrosse.
-Men's soccer (2009 and 2014) and men's tennis (2013 and 2015) have each won two national championships in that time frame.
-Two teams, men's soccer and men's lacrosse, have won national championships but not a conference championship from 2010-2015.
Not too shabby. Enjoy the start of basketball season!