It was a quiet week for Virginia athletics as the student-athletes entered the dark days also known as the exam break. The week wasn’t without winning, however.
-Incoming first year Lamont Atkins earned an impressive title on the gridiron:
Blessed to receive the 2016 @Gatorade Virginia POY award. Dedicating this one to my family for sacrificing a lot to make this a reality. pic.twitter.com/dHtr1597Iz— Lamont Atkins (@atkins2017) December 12, 2016
Atkins will arrive on Grounds in the spring.
-Virginia Tennis head coach (and all around badass) picked up some hardware this week.
Congrats to @CoachBoland who picked up his Coach of The Year trophy today at the ITA luncheon. #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/KACRB5bypo— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) December 11, 2016
-In former golfer news, alum Ben Kohles went on a tear to finish his Web Dot Com Tour round:
Congrats to Virginia alum Ben Kohles on birdieing 4 of last 5 holes to finish 17th in @WebDotComTour School.— Virginia Golf (@UVAMensGolf) December 11, 2016
-This is just too cool not to share:
#WorldTrickShotDay features our very own Coach Bennett & Ralph Sampson! #HORSE #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/ETYiQHrVnH— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) December 6, 2016
Wahoo of the Week
Leah Smith participated in the FINA Short Course World Championships, picking up two gold medals and a silver. On top of that, her time in the Women’s 800m Freestyle earned her an American record.
AMERICAN RECORD! Leah Smith (@lgsmith19) wins her 800m free heat in 8:07.67, breaking Kate Ziegler's 9-year old record of 8:08.00!! #UVASD pic.twitter.com/fSwdCYOLO7— Virginia Swim & Dive (@uvaswimdive) December 7, 2016
Team of the Week
This was easy for several reasons this week.
- They beat ECU handily to get back to winning ways.
- No one else really played.
- Even during their exam “break” the Virginia Basketball team gave back to the Charlottesville community.
What a great bunch! #Wahoowa! @kylejguy5 @Sir_Trey @justicebartley2 @Jeff_r_Jones @Dr_Dre14 @jayhuff_ @CoachSanchezUVA @CoachWillyUVA pic.twitter.com/KOq6OfDs9u— John Schick (@JohnSchick) December 12, 2016
The Hoos accepted donations of new or lightly-used shoes at their annual Shoe Drive at Legends in Charlottesville. Check this out for more info:
The @UVAMensHoops team may be on a final exam break but, they haven't completely disappeared from the community.https://t.co/VqB8fuNlS2— Bridget Condon (@_bridgetcondon) December 12, 2016
On the court, Virginia had no problems with the Pirates of ECU as the Hoos cruised to a 76-53 victory, led by Kyle Guy’s 13 points (3-for-5 from three). Four other players reached double digits for Virginia: London Perrantes (12), Marial Shayok (12), Mamadi Diakite (12), and Jarred Reuter (10). Reuter went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to go with a team high four rebounds.
The Hoos shot 57% from the field and 43% from three for the game, while limiting ECU to 37% from the field. Virginia shared the ball well, assisting 22 of their 30 made baskets, including the first 18 of the game. Check out the highlights:
Next up, Virginia welcomes Robert Morris to Charlottesville for the Hoos’ final home non-conference game. Game tips at 4:30pm and will televised on ESPNU.