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Shout & Roar
 
Our student-athletes, coaches, alums and extended family do incredible things and this blog shares those stories. As the Good Old Song says, "It cheers our hearts and warms our blood to hear them Shout & Roar."
#ACI at the #USOpen

DHZvlJ0XsAA0dbM.jpgTwo 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.

#USAM

derek-bard-virginia-cavaliers.jpgFormer #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.

Bronze Medal Hoo

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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.

#USAm
Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 8.53.05 AM.pngGood 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.

Zimmerman Sets Another Nationals Record
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UVA alum Ryan Zimmerman broke yet another Nationals/Expos record on Wednesday night, setting the franchise record for runs batted in during a 4-for-4, five-RBI evening. He now has 909 career RBI, breaking the previous mark of 906 by former Expo Tim Wallach. Zimmerman also holds the franchise record for home runs and doubles. 

#ACCTop30
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The ACC is counting down its Top 30 returning players leading up to the 2017 season and Virginia's Quin Blanding made it onto the list, coming in at No. 22. Blanding returns for his fourth-year ranking No. 9 all-time at UVA with 358 career tackles, the most by a defensive back in school history. Check out this highlight video from the ACC Digital Network. 
Hoos in the Pros
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As the number of UVA baseball players in the Major League continues to grow, NBC29 caught up with current Detroit Tiger John Hicks. Hicks was called up by the Tigers this season and has appeared in 26 games with a .320 batting average. Check out the interview with Hicks here

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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

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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.

#HoosCare
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On Monday, the #UVAWBB team stopped in at the Holy Spirit Orphanage in San José, Costa Rica. The team spent several hours at the center, playing with the children and touring the facilities. The team also gave them some new sporting equipment as well as four boxes of donations they had collected back stateside and had shipped to Central America. Check out this video of the visit, which has been the favorite activity of the team on their foreign tour.
Champion Hoo

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Former #UVAMTEN All-American Treat Huey won the doubles title at the Los Cabos Open in Mexico this weekend. It was Huey's first time playing with doubles teammate Juan Sebastian Cabal and was Huey's first ATP World Tour doubles title of the season after a runner-up showing this February in Delray Beach with Max Mirnyi. It was his eighth career ATP title and stretches his streak of consecutive years with at least one tournament title on the tour to six years.

Bard Reaches Semis
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Former UVA All-American Derek Bard had an impressive showing at the Western Amateur Championship, reaching the semifinals. He tees it up at the U.S. Amateur Championship in a week.


Former Hoos News

DGEjHB5UQAA3muF.jpgRight 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.


Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 9.47.35 AM.pngFormer 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.


@BIGEAST-946x500.jpgFormer #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.




#HoosCare

DGLiacRXUAMzYbq.jpgToday 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.

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The #UVAMBB team spent part of their weekend working on a Habitat for Humanity build.

20413964_1414075595345457_3014392056105496688_o.jpgAnd the #UVAWBB squad lending a hand at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.



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