The 13th-ranked Cavaliers (12-7, 2-3 ACC) earned the No. 4 seed and will play fifth-seeded and No. 5 Duke (14-4, 2-3) in the first round of the ACC Tournament that begins Thursday in Durham, N.C. First and second round games of the event will be shown live free of charge on ACC Select, while the championship will be a tape-delay broadcast on RSN.
“Everything you do during the season is to get ready for postseason tournaments,” said Michele Madison, Virginia head coach. “This tournament is to get you ready for the NCAA Tournament and it’s also a way to get in to the NCAA Tournament. We have to be on top of our game because winner takes all. That is how you have to play.”
Virginia beat Duke 4-3 last Saturday in Durham to finish 2-3 in the conference and earn the No. 4 seed in the tournament. UVa will face the fifth-seeded Blue Devils for the second straight game.
Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn and Paige Selenski were selected to the 17-member all-Atlantic Coast Conference team, announced Wednesday by the league office. It marks the first time since the 1999 season that Virginia has placed more than one student-athlete on the all-conference squad.
Kaars Sijpesteijn, a senior from Wassenaar, Netherlands, received her third consecutive all-conference honor. She has eight goals and four assists in 19 games this season, including two game-winners. Selenski, a freshman from Shavertown, Pa., leads the Cavaliers with 16 goals, including five game-winners. She also has seven assists for a team-best 39 points.
Virginia is 13-25 all-time in the ACC Tournament dating back to 1983. The Cavaliers are 2-2 in the conference tournament under Michele Madison. In both 2006 and 2007, Virginia won its first round game but lost in the semifinals. UVa is 4-3 all-time against Duke in the ACC Tournament.
The Blue Devils won eight straight before falling in the regular season finale to Virginia, 4-3. Three of Duke’s four losses have come to ACC foes Wake Forest (4-1 on the road), North Carolina (2-1 at home) and Virginia (4-3) at home. The lone non-conference setback was a 1-0 loss at Louisville to open the season. Three Blue Devils have tallied double digit numbers in the goals column, including Amie Survilla (15), Marian Dickinson (14) and Susan Ferger (11).
The winner of the Duke-Virginia game will play top-seeded Maryland at 4 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.