Dec. 18, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A pair of freshmen were honored by Top Drawer Soccer when the publication named goalkeeper Laurel Ivory (Surfside, Fla.) and forward/midfielder Taryn Torres (Frisco, Texas) to its Freshman Best XI team. Both were first-team selections.
The duo helped lead Virginia to a 13-6-4 record on the season and a final ranking of No. 9 in the national polls after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It marked the 13th consecutive season for Virginia to advance to at least the Sweet 16 as the Cavaliers made a 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That streak of 24 straight NCAA Tournament appearances is the third-longest active streak in the nation.
Ivory started all 23 matches for the Cavaliers this season, playing 2,143 minutes in goal. In that time, she posted 10 shutouts – nine of them solo – and allowed only 17 goals on the season for a 0.71 goal against average. No team on the season scored more than two goals in a game against the Cavaliers.
Torres tied for the team lead in goals, scoring eight goals on the season, and finished second in points with 17, as she added one assist on the year. She hit two game-winning goals, lifting the Cavaliers to victory against Liberty and Miami. Torres turned in her first multiple-goal game at Pittsburgh. She was named an All-ACC Third Team and All-Freshman selection by the league’s coaches.
Blount Eager to Assume Larger RoleFootball3/21/18The job will not be handed to rising sophomore Joey Blount. He'll have to earn it. This is head coach Bronco Mendenhall's program, after all. But after spending the 2017 season as free safety Quin Blanding's understudy, Blount is the leading candidate to take over in the secondary for the University of Virginia's all-time leading tackler.'Hoos Exit With Heads Held HighWomen's Basketball3/19/18In its first trip to the NCAA tourney since 2010, 10th-seeded Virginia went 1-1 in Columbia, S.C., defeating seventh-seeded Cal and losing to second-seeded South Carolina.'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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