Top-Ranked Cavaliers Visit North Carolina and Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team makes its final road trip of the regular season this weekend as it visits No. 10 North Carolina Friday and No. 41 Duke on Sunday. Friday’s match against the Tar Heels begins at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast online by ACC Select. Sunday’s match against the Blue Devils is slated for 1 p.m.
Virginia enters the weekend with a 21-0 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a pair of convincing conference wins last weekend, blanking No. 26 Miami 7-0 and downing No. 10 Florida State 6-1. The win over the Seminoles was the Cavaliers’ 24th consecutive win against an ACC opponent, tying the school record set from 2004-06.
The Tar Heels enter Friday’s match on an 11-match winning streak and are 15-3 overall, 5-0 in the ACC. Last weekend, North Carolina recorded road wins at Maryland and Boston College before returning home for a 5-2 win against NC State Wednesday.
North Carolina is the only ACC team that head coach Brian Boland has a losing record against in his Virginia tenure, going 3-4 against the Tar Heels. Last season, the Cavaliers cruised to two wins against North Carolina. They posted a 6-1 win in Charlottesville in the regular season finale and a quick 5-0 victory a week later in the ACC Final in Cary, N.C.
The Blue Devils enter the weekend with a 7-9 overall record. Duke opened the season 3-7 but has rebounded to open conference play with a 4-2 record. Last weekend, Duke also posted road wins at Maryland and Boston College.
Virginia has won five of the last six meetings against Duke, with the lone loss coming in the 2006 ACC Final. The Cavaliers have recorded wins in each of their past two trips to Durham.
Following the trip, the Cavaliers will return home for the final week of the regular season. Virginia will host NC State on Friday and Wake Forest on Sunday.