UVa Men's Tennis Receives Bid to NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team, which is ranked 40th in the nation in the most recent WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis poll, was issued a bid to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament today (Thursday, May 3). The Cavaliers will take on the University of Southern California in the opening round of the 2001 tournament. Virginia and #24 USC will play their first-ever match at the University of Mississippi. The time of the match has not yet been determined.
Virginia finished its regular season 14-7 and 3-4 in the ACC. The Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the sixth consecutive year after a 4-3 upset win over No. 27 Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals. UVa fell to No. 68 Clemson, 4-3, in the semifinal match.
Mississippi, the tournament’s 12th seed, hosts Jackson State in the other match on the Mississippi campus. The winners of the two opening-round matches will face each other on Sunday, May 13.
Virginia is joined in the tournament by ACC rivals North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. Defending champion Stanford is the tournament’s top seed.
UVa fourth year Brian Vahaly will participate in the singles portion of the event. He will team with fellow senior Huntley Montgomery in doubles. Seedings for the individual tournament will be announced on May 22. Vahaly and Montgomery are currently ranked No. 1 in the country in doubles, while Vahaly is the 15th-ranked singles player.