Cavaliers Travel to Georgia for NCAA Championships
ATHENS, Ga. – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team has advanced to the final site of the NCAA Tennis Championships for the seventh consecutive year and will open play in Athens on Friday with a round of 16 matchup with ACC rival Duke. Match time at the Dan Magill Tennis Center is slated for noon.
The Cavaliers (37-1) head to Georgia on a school-record 34-match winning streak. They topped Navy and Wake Forest in the first two rounds of the tournament last weekend in Charlottesville, both by 4-0 scores.
The Blue Devils (20-8) are making their first NCAA round of 16 appearance since 2006. Duke defeated VCU and North Carolina in the first two rounds of the tournament.
This year marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Cavaliers have met an ACC opponent in the round of 16. Virginia defeated Miami in 2006, Wake Forest in 2007, and Florida State in 2009 to advance to the quarterfinals. Virginia has reached at least the quarterfinals every year since 2005.
The Cavaliers have won two previous meetings with Duke this season. On Apr. 4, Virginia won the regular season matchup between the teams 4-3 in Durham. Three weeks later, the Cavaliers topped the Blue Devils 4-2 in the ACC Tournament final in Cary, N.C. Friday’s match is the first ever NCAA Tournament meeting between the schools.
The Virginia-Duke winner will meet the Stanford-UCLA winner in the quarterfinals. That match is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday.