Men's Tennis Kicks Off Season with Four Home Matches
|No. 1 Virginia – ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Boston College & Navy|
|Date & Time||Jan. 24-25 (2pm & 6pm), Jan. 26 (12pm & 6pm)|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Boyd Tinsley Courts|
|Coverage||Live Scoring | Live Video|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Season Preview Video|
Jan. 23, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team will open the 2014 dual match season this weekend with four matches at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers host Elon, Indiana and Samford during the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Friday and Saturday before playing Boston College and Navy on Sunday. Admission to all home Virginia tennis matches is free.
The ITA Kickoff Weekend serves as a qualifying tournament for next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas. The Cavaliers have participated at National Team Indoors the past nine years, winning the title five times, including last season. The winners of the 15 ITA Kickoff Weekend sites around the nation will join host Texas A&M in this year’s tournament.
Virginia opens the season Friday by playing Elon (1-0), who moved up to No. 46 this week in the ITA rankings after upsetting No. 7 Duke in its season-opener. The match will begin at 6 p.m. and follows a 2 p.m. match between No. 56 Indiana (0-1) and No. 65 Samford (1-0). Friday’s losers will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday in a consolation match before the winners meet at 6 p.m. for a berth in this year’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The Cavaliers conclude their opening weekend homestand with a pair of matches Sunday. Virginia opens conference play as it hosts Boston College (0-0) at noon. The Cavaliers have won a conference-record 106 consecutive matches against ACC opposition (regular season and postseason). Later that day, Virginia hosts Navy (1-1) at 6 p.m. to close out the weekend.
During the first part of the season, matches will be played using an experimental scoring format developed by the ITA. The three doubles matches will be played first, each consisting of one set to six using no-ad scoring. A tiebreaker will be played at 5-all. The six singles matches will follow and will be best of three sets. Singles will also use no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at 5-all for each set.
Following this weekend, the Cavaliers will not play at home until March 1 when they host Baylor.