It was a jam-packed weekend in the Virginia Cavaliers sporting world.
Men’s tennis got things started on a positive note on Friday night, as they downed No. 1 Wake Forest, last year’s NCAA team champions, 5-2. On Saturday, following College GameDay’s festivities at John Paul Jones Arena, men’s basketball fell in their highly anticipated rematch to the Duke Blue Devils, 81-71. A little earlier in the day, the lacrosse teams split their season openers, with the men losing to No. 4 Loyola, 17-9, and the women defeating No. 13 Navy, 15-12. Women’s basketball finished up all of the action with a little revenge for their male counterparts on Sunday, coming from behind to beat Duke, 53-47, behind 20 points from junior forward Jocelyn Willoughby.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Paul Woody offers a few thoughts on UVa’s loss to Duke on Saturday, considering whether or not the Hoos, should they meet for a third time this season, have what it takes to beat the uber-talented Blue Devils.
Just 48 hours after their loss at JPJ, the Virginia Cavaliers will have to face another top ten team in North Carolina - this time on the road. Despite just how challenging the stretch appears, junior guard Kyle Guy still feels confident, “I think we have experience with [this] kind of thing.”
After her incredible run in the Australian Open a few weeks ago, Virginia alum Danielle Collins came up big in her debut for Team USA, besting Daria Gavrilova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, to force a decisive doubles match for her squad’s Fed Cup World Group opening-round matchup with Australia. Despite Collins’ effort, however, the U.S. would go on to lose that tie-breaking affair, 6-4, 7-5.