The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team defeated No. 8 Duke, 4-3, on Friday night at the Turf Field. Senior Elly Buckley logged a hat trick on Senior Day. Freshman Lucy Hyams had three assists, including setting up two of Buckley’s goals.
“This was a great Duke/Virginia game and a great ACC game,” said Virginia coach Michele Madison. “We put a lot of pressure on them in the first half and were able to create attack from the defensive situations. They made adjustments in the second half and we weren’t able to apply the same amount of pressure. We were really successful today when we were releasing the ball and generating attack with numbers.”
Cavaliers fall to No. 13 North Carolina
The Virginia volleyball team fell to No. 13 North Carolina, 25-12, 26-24 and 25-19, before a capacity crowd of 836 at Memorial Gymnasium on Friday night. With the loss, the Cavaliers fell to 10-9 on the season (3-4 ACC), while UNC improved to 17-1 (6-1 ACC). Junior Tori Janowski and Haley Kole each had 12 kills to lead Virginia.
Cornish wins at ITA Atlantic Regional
BLACKSBURG – Main draw play of singles and doubles at the ITA Atlantic Regional began Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Tech. The Virginia men’s tennis team had just two matches on the day as sophomore Jonathan Cornish advanced to the round of 64 of singles. Cornish defeated Tanner Blane of George Mason 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round. He joins six seeded Cavaliers who received first round byes and will start play at the tournament on Saturday. In doubles, the team of Cornish and sophomore Alex Scheinman dropped their first round match to Nick Sayer and Patrick O’Keefe of Radford, 8-6. Three Virginia teams are among the top eight seeds in doubles and received first round byes.
Eight Cavaliers suspended for first meet
Virginia swimming and diving coach Augie Busch announced Friday that eight student-athletes have been suspended for the team’s season-opening meet for violation of team rules. Seniors Meredith Cavalier and Hillary Petersen, junior David Ingraham and sophomores Nick Alexiou, Rodney Fentress, Yannick Kaeser, Jordan Sacks and Chris Webb will miss the meet against Navy on Oct. 25.
“The University of Virginia and our athletic department demands its student-athletes to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and accountability and our swimming and diving program is no different,” Busch said. “These eight student-athletes have breached those standards and have subsequently been suspended for one meet. I am confident that they have learned from this experience and we are all eager to move forward with a renewed sense of what it means to represent such a special program and university.”
Rusch tied for lead at U.S. Collegiate
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The 14th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team is tied for third place after the opening 18 holes of play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship taking place at The Golf Club of Georgia. The Cavaliers shot 3-under 285 and are tied with third-ranked Texas A&M. Georgia Tech, ranked No. 2, leads the 15-team field on its home course with a first-round score of 9-under 279. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State is second at 284. Virginia was led by senior Ben Rusch who shared the first-round lead after shooting 6-under 66. The 2012 ACC individual champion, Rusch opened his round with an eagle and added four more birdies during his day of bogey-free play. Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans shares the lead with Rusch.