Somehow, it’s December. Where has the year gone? No matter, the Hoos picked up some wins, so let’s get to it.
-The Virginia Wrestling team picked up two wins this week with a 22-18 win over Gardner-Webb and 34-11 win over No. 24 Chattanooga. Against Gardner-Webb, the Hoos won six of 10 matches, and needed all the bonus points earned to secure the win. On the road against Chattanooga, Virginia dominated, winning bonus points in five of the first six matches. The Hoos are now 4-2 on the season and will face George Mason in Richmond on December 21.
-Fourth year soccer player Alexis Shaffer was named a first team All-American by the NSCAA. Congrats, Alexis!
-Both Virginia Swimming and Diving teams had a big week with the No. 5 women placing third and the men placing fourth at the Georgia Fall Invitational. The ladies placed behind No. 10 California and No. 2 Georgia, and ahead of No. 4 Michigan and Florida State while the guys beat out Florida State and No. 10 Michigan.
Fourth year Kaitlyn Jones set a new school record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.93 in the prelims for the event.
The Hoos don’t hit the pool for competition again until January.
-Hoos in the NBA have been tearing it up lately (no real surprise).
Giannis is THE SUN with that gravity pic.twitter.com/b28F0JfLQc— Joe Osterndorf (@JoeOsterndorf) December 2, 2016
Joe Harris AND Malcolm Brogdon:
Malc and Joe doing work tonight pic.twitter.com/R4q561jLa9— Evan Nolte (@EvanNolte) December 2, 2016
(not sure what Nolte used to record that game that made it look like the Zapruder film, but back to back plays from Hoos!)
All three - Harris, Brogdon, and Anderson - are doing well in the league. Harris is averaging 9.6 points, 1.4 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44% (35% from three). For Brogdon, it’s 7.6 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game with 40% (39.5% from three). Simba is putting up 7.9 points, 0.9 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game and shooting 38% (28% from three).
-Former Wahoo Dontrelle Inman put the San Diego Chargers on the board first with this elusive and diving touchdown reception:
-The No. 14 Men’s Basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to West Virginia, but they did have a gutsy comeback win over Ohio State to get the ACC a point in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. London Perrantes led the charge for the Hoos with 19 points, including 15 in the second half.
Virginia is now 7-1 on the season and faces ECU on Tuesday night at JPJ. Tipoff is at 7pm and the game will be televised on Regional Sports Networks.
Team of the Week
This is a little unprecedented, but this week, the Team of the Week is going to the Hoo Crew. Not only are they the best damn student section around, they’re a good group of people. In the same week that a Duke fan held a sign mocking the water quality in Michigan before their matchup at Cameron Indoor with Michigan State (to their credit, the student and sign were removed from the arena), the Hoo Crew silently held a series of signs that read “Buckeye Strong” as Ohio State was introduced at JPJ. While one student does not a student section make (and I know Virginia has had their questionable moments), it was a very considerate gesture supporting a community in strife following an unconscionable attack on their campus. Keep up the good work, Hoo Crew, and I still want to see my “Tony Macaroni Baloney” sign.
Wahoo of the Week
Virginia Women’s Basketball head coach Joanne Boyle picked up her 300th career win this week with a 67-47 victory over Bowling Green, and for that, she is our first coach to become StLMMWotW. Boyle, who has been at Virginia since 2011, has a 300-167 overall record. Breyana Mason - a fourth year - led the way for the Hoos with 16 points as Virginia forced the Falcons into 24 turnovers. Virginia is now 6-2 and will face UIC on December 16 after the exam break.
Congrats, Coach Boyle! Go Hoos!