Second-Seeded Cavaliers Head to Illinois for NCAA Championships
|2013 NCAA Tennis Championships|
|Schedule|| May 16-21 (Team)
May 22-27 (Individual)
|Location||Urbana, Ill. | Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex|
|Tournament Info|| Championship Homepage | NCAA Bracket
|Additional Information||Twitter | Complete Notes|
May 14, 2013
URBANA, Ill. – The second-seeded Virginia men’s tennis team begins play at the 2013 NCAA Championships on Thursday as men’s round of 16 play is held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Cavaliers (26-0) will play California (16-9) in a match beginning at noon CT (1 p.m. ET). Links to NCAA live scoring and streaming video will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are making their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16, tied for the third-longest active streak nationally (behind UCLA and Baylor; tied with Georgia). Virginia has won its opening match at the NCAA Championships to advance to the quarterfinals in each of the past eight seasons, tied with Georgia for the longest active streak in the nation. The Cavaliers have been the NCAA runner-up the last two seasons, falling both times to USC, 4-3 in 2011 and 4-2 in 2012. Virginia also had semifinal appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In seven of the last eight seasons, the Cavaliers have lost to the eventual NCAA Champion.
Virginia advanced to the round of 16 with a pair of wins last weekend in the Charlottesville regional. The Cavaliers downed Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round and Minnesota in the second round, both by 4-0 scores. Virginia enters the round of 16 as the nation’s lone undefeated team.
California is one of two unseeded teams to reach the round of 16. The No. 18-ranked Bears won the regional in Gainesville, Fla., last weekend. Cal opened the tournament with a 4-1 victory over Florida State. In the second round, the Bears posted a 4-1 victory over Denver, who had upset host Florida in the first round.
It is the second straight year the Cavaliers and Bears have met in the round of 16. Last season, Virginia downed Cal 4-0 in Athens, Ga., in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
The winner of the Virginia-Cal match will play the winner of the Tennessee-Mississippi State match in the quarterfinals. That match would be on Saturday at noon CT (1 p.m. ET).