Although the weather doesn’t make it seem so (THANKS, PHIL YA GOOD FOR NOTHING GROUNDHOG), spring is upon us. The women’s tennis team started their season last week, and this week we had the men’s tennis team start their quest for their third straight NCAA title (and fourth in five years). Let’s get to it.
-Darion Atkins secured his team - Hapoel Holon in Israel - the victory with this game-saving block:
.@DarionAtkins block wins the game for Hapoel Holon pic.twitter.com/2JkTmwf7HK— Winner League (@WinnerLeague) February 1, 2017
-No one wants to be on Malcolm’s posters anymore :(
Denver traffic has nothing on The Prez!! #OwnTheFuture pic.twitter.com/5ftgg8WgED— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2017
-JOE HARRIS DUNK. ALERT. JOE HARRIS DUNK.
RISE UP, Joe Harris! ⬆️️⬆️️⬆️️#NETSonYES pic.twitter.com/6btx9XhxCB— YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 4, 2017
-Congrats to Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic for being named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, as well as Zach Herriott for his ridiculously fast school record in the 5000 meter.
Congrats to the @ACCTrackField Indoor Performers of the Week: https://t.co/RYxIxkQgro pic.twitter.com/KRL8gBvc2E— The ACC (@theACC) January 31, 2017
New #UVATFCC school for Zach Herriott! Currently NCAA #2 in 5000m— Coach Bryan Fetzer (@coachfetz) February 4, 2017
3 guys under 14! pic.twitter.com/Fc8w4EDtou
-The #24 UVA Wrestling team cruised down Tobacco Road, defeating #25 UNC 22-15 and Duke 23-14. The Hoos are now 10-5 (2-2, ACC) on the season and will round out their ACC schedule for Senior Day against Pitt at Mem Gym on Sunday.
-I’ve always loved the official NASA picture of Leland Melvin, but then I found out he received his Master of Science in Materials Science Engineering from UVA, so he’s DEFINITELY my favorite space person ever.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious today, remember that this is Leland Melvin's official NASA picture. pic.twitter.com/cekUW47YEX— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) February 1, 2017
-Virginia Men’s Basketball defeated the Hokies this week to the tune of 71-48. The Hoos utterly dominated their foes from Blacksburg, crushing them in all facets of the game. Devon Hall and Isaiah Wilkins were phenomenal, but this is really all I need you guys to see:
This pretty much sums up the game pic.twitter.com/hiGbO7jnu2— Alex Kent (@Billikentt) February 2, 2017
I can (and have) watch this on loop for hours. Just the most “NOPE” block ever. Love it. The Hoos now have a one point lead in the Commonwealth Clash. Next up, the Hoos (17-5, 7-3 ACC) host Louisville at JPJ TONIGHT night at 8pm.
-Women’s Basketball snagged an overtime victory over Georgia Tech thanks to a clutch shot by Breyana Mason.
OVERTIME WINNER: Breyana Mason's floater propels @UVAWBBHoops to a overtime victory over GT! #wahoowa pic.twitter.com/KBvTsl1OnN— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) February 3, 2017
-Huge congrats to Dom Inglot for his big win in the Davis Cup!
WAHOOWA! Congratulations @dominglot on a big #DavisCup victory today w/ Jamie Murray. Good luck tomorrow! #BackTheBrits #OnceAHooAlwaysAHoo https://t.co/ivqoE8bgot— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) February 4, 2017
Men’s Basketball Dirty Dancing Lift of the Week
Hall & Wilkins Imma let you finish, but Guy & Salt had the best moment of the game. @UVAMensHoops @TheUVAFool (but really you guys were gr8) pic.twitter.com/MConFU6evP— Remy Kauffmann (@remykauffmann) February 2, 2017
Wahoo of the Week
After nine seasons in the NFL, former Virginia great Chris Long FINALLY got to play in the postseason. Long, who was drafted with the #2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, spent eight years with the St. Louis Rams before they dropped him when they made the move to LA. Well, football genius Bill Belichick (love him or hate him...he’s a damn football GENIUS) pounced on the opportunity to sign Long. The result? Chris Long got to play in - and WIN - his first ever Super Bowl.
Goodnight y'all pic.twitter.com/NMwwhDXCCD— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 6, 2017
Chris played 15 snaps and helped hound Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
Chris Long generated five QB pressures on 15 total snaps tonight. All of his snaps came on pass plays. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/ovcy6yWviG— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 6, 2017
Even more special was the fact that Chris’s dad, Howie Long, was on site as one of the Fox experts. They are now the only father-son duo to both have Super Bowl wins.
So happy for the Long family of Charlottesville! Great moment for a great family. @JOEL9ONE pic.twitter.com/yDWYIksxBt— Jerry Ratcliffe (@JerryRatcliffe) February 6, 2017
Congratulations, Chris. You’ve earned it. You’re the StLMMWotW.
Team of the Week
The #1 Men’s Tennis team rattled off three straight wins this week with a 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt, a 4-3 win over #15 Kentucky, and a 7-0 (yes, seven) win over ACC foe Louisville.
Recap: Virginia opens conference play with a 7-0 win at Louisville, ending the weekend road trip 3-0. https://t.co/991UCM72xY pic.twitter.com/GMWcney4ck— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) February 5, 2017
All reigning champs have expectations placed upon them. Back-to-back champs? For sure. Three titles in four years? Yeah definitely. But, this Virginia team may be the best yet, so get ready for a crazy season.
Next up, the Hoos welcome #11 Florida to Boar’s Head on Saturday at 5pm.
HONORABLE MENTION: The UVA Women’s Cross Country team was recognized during the Virginia-Virginia Tech basketball game for their women’s athletics leading team GPA of 3.6. THEY HAVE A 3.6 GPA AS A TEAM. What? That’s unreal. Super impressive ladies...keep up the good work.