The Virginia women currently possess the 2nd longest consecutive streak of reaching the Sweet 16, and the second longest streak for making the NCAA tournament in the first place. And yet Virginia has won precious little in the past 30 years of highly competitive play. I expect all three trends will continue. If the women are to win even the ACC championship, this will be the year. We lost only four seniors, all of whom platooned two positions, so we are bringing back 8 of our top 9 players. The big hole is in the middle of the UVa 4-3-3: center mid. Coach Swanson used a much abbreviated spring session (3 of 5 games were cancelled for various reasons) and even experimented with moving center defender Phoebe McClernon to midfield. UVa's got the TopDrawer #14 incoming class coming in, so that's something. But we've got the vastly overrated Laurel Ivory in goal, so our defense is merely good. Unless 2nd year Alexa Spaanstra can make something of a herculean improvement, I think we'll bridesmaids yet again come NCAA tourney time. We're going to win a lot more than we lose, so it'll still be a fun ride I'm just not expecting a lot right now.