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Virginia Wins 6th Straight Tennis Title
Virginia Athletics Media Relations, Official Release
The second-ranked Virginia men's tennis team won its sixth consecutive ACC Tournament title with a 4-1 win over eighth-ranked Duke in a Sunday's championship match at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The match was moved indoors due to rain, but that didn't faze the Cavaliers (24-1) as they defeated the Blue Devils (22-5) in the final for the third consecutive year.
"We played well today and needed to because Duke played a great match today," said head coach Brian Boland. "We have so much respect for Duke and knew we would need to play at a high level to win today. I think we needed a good, competitive match like this to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Each championship we have won is special. Every year it is a different group of guys and you want to see them be successful as a reward for all their hard work."
The championship was Virginia's eighth overall, all coming in the last nine years. Sunday's win was the Cavaliers' 92nd consecutive victory against ACC competition (regular season and postseason), extending its conference record.
"The success we have had in the ACC shows the consistency we have had as a team," said Drew Courtney, the ACC Tournament MVP. "Winning six straight championships starts from what we do day-in and day-out in practice and that hard work carries over when we take the courts. We are proud to keep the tradition going."
The Cavaliers receive the ACC's automatic berth to next month's NCAA Tournament. The 64-team field will be announced on May 1.
This Week In Recruiting
UVa played host to Gilman (Baltimore, MD) junior linebacker Micah Kiser this past week. This week, we will have comments from the 6'1", 210-pound prospect, who is one of the Cavaliers' top linebacker targets in the class of 2013. Kiser has double-digit offers in the fold, including Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Stanford, Virginia Tech and more.
Also this week, I will have another update on Mountain View (Stafford, VA) junior wide receiver/defensive back DaeSean Hamilton. The 6'1", 185-pound prospect made two visits to UVa the week of the Orange/Blue Spring Game, and this past weekend he was in Blacksburg to check out Virginia Tech. Hamilton names no favorites, but both in-state BCS schools are going hard after him.
Chris Horne, our resident recruiting expert, provides updates throughout the week for EDGE subscribers about UVa's commitments and recruiting targets in football and men's basketball. To sign up for an EDGE subscription, please check out the Sabre EDGE Sign Up and Information Page. If you're already on board as an EDGE subscriber, click the links below to catch up on recruiting.
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No. 1 Virginia Wins 12th ACC Championship
Virginia Athletics Media Relations, Official Release
In front of an ACC Rowing Championship record crowd of approximately 1,100 fans, the No. 1 Virginia rowing team came from behind and won the final three races to capture the ACC Championship Saturday (April 21) on Lake Hartwell in Clemson S.C. With the win, UVa won its third straight and 12th overall conference crown in the 13-year history of the regatta.
"It was a great team win today!" head coach Kevin Sauer said. "Our Varsity Eight continues to push their limits and the 2V8 and Novice Eight also had good races."
Virginia finished with 56 points, followed by Clemson (52), Duke (39), Boston College (27), North Carolina (18) and Miami (17).
The first Varsity Eight was named ACC Crew of the Year and head coach Kevin Sauer was honored as the ACC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
The 1V8 crew consists of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton and Carli Goldberg.
Thorsten, Beall, Kuzzy, O'Brien and Cowburn were named to the All-ACC Rowing Team.
Rusch Wins ACC Men's Golf Title
Virginia Athletics Media Relations, Official Release
Virginia sophomore golfer Ben Rusch drained a five-foot par putt on the final hole to win the 2012 ACC Championships by a single stroke and become the first Cavalier to capture the individual title since 1955. Rusch, a native of Weinfelden, Switzerland, shot 3-under 69 during Sunday's cool, rainy conditions for a 54-hole total of 10-under 206. Wake Forest's Lee Bedford was second at 207. The tournament took place at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Rusch's victory helped No. 20 Virginia to a second-place finish in the team competition. The Cavaliers shot 1-over 289 during the final round for a three-day total of 20-under 844. That bettered the UVa team scoring record at the ACC Championships by four shots. The 1992 team held the previous best mark at 16-under 848 recorded at Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Georgia Tech won its fourth straight ACC title at 27-under 837. Florida State was third at 847, three shots behind UVa. The Yellow Jackets entered the final round with an 11-shot lead on the Cavaliers. Virginia managed to close that to four shots at one point during the round.
Rusch said he was surprised to learn he was only the second Cavalier golfer to bring home the individual crown since Pete Arend won the title in 1955.
"I didn't know that and it makes me so proud," Rusch said. "I just played and didn't want to control anything and it just happened. I hit some great shots and made some good putts. I didn't really make any putts the first two rounds. I missed many but today I actually made a lot."
TheSabre.com poster Longlost found this link on former Cavalier Ras-I Dowling, who is now playing for the NFL's New England Patriots. Read the update on Dowling's return from injury here.
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Issue No. 155 - September 10, 2004
Cavs spell doom for Temple
Well, Virginia apparently has a good football team. The Cavaliers lived up to their preseason hype with a thorough 44-14 rout of Temple in their 2004 opener last Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. They seized a 30-0 lead at the half and cruised from there, rolling up 286 yards on the ground and 504 overall. The defense forced a pair of early turnovers that set the tone for the afternoon.
Of course, we won't really know how good Virginia is until later in the season. The 15th-ranked 'Hoos don't face a ranked opponent until Oct. 7 when they play No. 20 Clemson at Scott Stadium.
For a story on the Temple game, please see this link: What a Hoot: Cavs Clobber Owls, John Galinsky
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