Two former #UVAMTennis players have been invited to compete in the prestigious American Collegiate Invitational tournament at the 2017 US Open. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, the defending champion of the event, and J.C. Aragone will be in the field comprised of eight. The American Collegiate Invitational, open only to American college players, began in 2014 as a way to spotlight college tennis during the US Open. The fields are comprised of the top two players in the ATP rankings as of Aug. 7 and the top five players in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings, excluding those selected by pro ranking. At least two graduating seniors or players who have turned pro or exhausted their collegiate eligibility are also among the players in the draw. The winners will receive a wild card into either the 2018 US Open main draw or qualifying tournament, depending on their ranking the next summer.
Former #UVAMGolf-er Derek Bard will compete in a playoff Wednesday morning for a chance to advance to the 64-player match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship. Bard completed 36 holes of stroke play tied for 57th place at 4-over 144. He is one of 13 players who will compete in the playoff for the final eight spots in the match play bracket. You can follow the scoring live here.
Congratulations to the US Women's National Field Hockey Team on winning a bronze medal at the 2017 Pan American Cup. Former #UVAFH All-American Michelle Vittese scored the game-tying goal in the 2-1 victory over Canada. Former Hoo Carissa Vittese was also on the squad. The next major competition for the U.S. Women's National Team is the FIH Hockey World League Final in Auckland, New Zealand from November 17-26, 2017.
Good luck to current #UVAMGOLF team member Ashton Poole and former Hoos Jimmy Stanger and Derek Bard who are competing this week at the U.S. Amateur at the Riviera Country Club in Pscific Palisades, Calif.
The Dodgers are the hottest team in Major League Baseball and former UVA standout Chris Taylor is one of the hottest players pacing the team. Taylor is currently batting .312 for the season with 15 home runs and a .546 slugging percentage. Check out this quick highlight video post by the MLB.
Hoos Going Fast
During the Redskins Training Camp, several players had the opportunity to learn a different sport. Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed up to drive the guys around the track in a NASCAR car. Former UVA football player Morgan Moses was among the group that got to experience some serious speed as they each took three laps around the track. Earnhardt Jr. then headed over to the Redskins camp to learn a few drills with the team. Check out how it all went in this article from the Richmond Raceway.
Right before the start of preseason camp, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that former #UVAFB lineman Branden Albert was retiring from football. Albert played nine seasons in the league, earning two Pro Bowl selections.
Former Cavalier tight end Jake McGee. McGee played three years at Virginia before transferring as a grad student to Florida. He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie in 2016. He spent time with the San Diego Chargers practice squad last season, but was waived in May.
Former #UVAWBB great Val Akerman, who is currently the commissioner of the Big East Conference, chatted with Pat Ralph of Excelle Sports about being a trailblazer in women's athletics. Ackerman arrived at UVA in 1977, just five years after the implementation of Title IX, where she split the one and only scholarship for women's basketball. During her four-year Cavalier career, Ackerman was a three-year captain and was twice named an Academic All-American. She was also the school's first female basketball player to score 1,000 points.
Today we have three stories about the great work that our student-athletes are doing in the community. First, #UVAMSOC redshirt senior Hayes Fountain spent his summer raising money through a GoFundMe account called "Expeditions for Epilepsy" to raise awareness as well as funds for research on the disorder. CBS19's Bridget Condon shares that story here.
The #UVAMBB team spent part of their weekend working on a Habitat for Humanity build.
And the #UVAWBB squad lending a hand at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.