Happy Labor Day, Wahoo fans! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, and I'm back after the summer hiatus to catch you up on what good stuff is happening in Virginia sports this week.
-The Virginia Volleyball team withstood some tough competition to win the Cavalier Classic this past weekend. The Hoos took down VCU (3-1), Appalachian State (3-2), and Iowa State (3-2) to sweep the tournament behind All-Tournament performances from Natalie Bausback and Lexi Riccollo. Bausback was named MVP due to her incredible 45 kill, 29 dig, and 18 block performance over the three game stretch. Virginia is now 4-1 on the season, and faces St. Louis in Tuscaloosa, AL on Friday.
-No.2 Men's Soccer came away with a 1-1 tie against Tulsa in a back-and-forth affair. Riggs Lennon put the Hoos on the board early in the second half, but Virginia was unable to come away with the win despite five saves from second year goalie Jeff Caldwell. Each team took 18 shots, and Virginia hit a couple crossbars. The tie moves their record to 1-0-1. They host George Mason Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Kickoff set for 7pm.
-The football team got huge performances out of both Ian Frye and Nicholas Conte in Saturday's loss to No.13 UCLA. Frye went 3-3 in field goals of 42, 31, and 19 yards, looking sharp and like a sure thing. Conte truly impressed as punter, kicking the ball four times for an average of 50.5 yards per punt. Conte also added six yards rushing on a successful fake punt.
-Former Virginia rower Kristine O'Brien ('13) won a gold medal in the 2015 FISA World Rowing Championships as part of the American women's four, defeating Great Britain for the title. Way to go, Kristine!
-No.9 Field Hockey racked up a couple of wins this week with victories over Rutgers (5-4) and No.15 Princeton (4-3, OT) on their New Jersey road trip. The Cavalier attack was balanced against Rutgers with five different scorers finding the back of the goal, and red-shirt first year Carrera Lucas got her first start and first career win in goal. Against Princeton, first year Greta Ell scored the game winner in overtime after third year Caleigh Foust tied the game at three with just 50 seconds left in regulation. The Hoos go on the road to Louisville for their ACC opener this Friday.
-No.1 Women's soccer came up with a big victory against No.8 UCLA on the road, winning 2-1 behind a penalty kick from Alexis Shaffer and a game winner from Meghan Cox in the 57th minute. Cox now has four of Virginia's 20 goals for the season, and the Hoos have only given up four total goals. Two of those goals game to No.19 Pepperdine in a 2-2 draw, moving Virginia's record to 4-0-1.
Next up, Coach Swanson and the Hoos host Harvard on Friday at 7pm.