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Aug. 28, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s tennis team announced its 2015-16 schedule on Friday. The schedule features six fall tournaments, including the UVa Fall Invitational, and 12 home contests in the spring.

The Cavaliers will face 11 NCAA Tournament teams from last season with eight of those contests coming at home. The home contests against NCAA Tournament teams include: Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame and South Carolina. Virginia will hit the road to face 2015 NCAA Tournament participants Georgia, Miami and Virginia Tech.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season and the tremendous schedule we have in front of us,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “As always, we are happy to have several strong matches as well as our UVa Fall Invite at home, where we have a chance to play in front of our great and supportive fans. Playing tennis at UVa is such a special experience largely because of the support from the UVa and Charlottesville communities.

“The strength of the ACC schedule, along with several top non-conference matches, makes this again one of the strongest dual match schedules in the country. Our team is excited about these challenges and opportunities.”

The lone home event in the fall will be the UVa Fall Invite (Sept. 25-27) with participating teams to be announced. In addition to the Fall Invite, the Cavaliers will participate in the Duke Invite (Sept. 18-20), Riviera All-American (Oct. 3-11), ITA Atlantic Regional (Oct. 15-19), UNC Fall Invite (Nov. 6-8) and ITA National Indoors (Nov. 12-15).

“It is very positive to have such great opportunities in the fall season,” Guilbeau said. “Our players will have the chance to play several national collegiate events, along with several USTA Pro Circuit events. This balanced schedule, topped with great day-to-day practice and training, will lead to a high level of development for each individual and for the team.”

Virginia will face all 14 ACC opponents in the conference schedule, with seven on the road and seven at home in the spring.

The Cavaliers will host Louisville (Feb. 28), North Carolina (Mar. 4), Clemson (Mar. 6), Duke (April 1), Georgia Tech (April 3), Pittsburgh (April 15) and Notre Dame (April 15). Virginia will hit the road to face conference foes Boston College (Jan. 17), Syracuse (Feb. 21), NC State (Mar. 19), Wake Forest (Mar. 20), Miami (Mar. 25), Florida State (Mar. 27) and Virginia Tech (April 9).

In addition to the conference schedule, Virginia will play a challenging non-conference slate in the spring, hosting South Carolina (Jan. 29), Alabama (Feb. 19) and Michigan (Mar. 12). The Cavaliers will face one non-conference opponent on the road, traveling to Georgia (Mar. 17).

Virginia will also host the ITA Kickoff Weekend (Jan. 22-23) with BYU, Columbia and Maryland participating in the event.

In 2014-15, the Cavaliers claimed a second consecutive ACC Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia ended the season with a 23-6 record, posting the second-most wins in school history.

Returning for the Cavaliers are four-time All-American Julia Elbaba, two-time All-American and 2014 NCAA Singles Champion Danielle Collins, three-time All-ACC selection Stephanie Nauta, Marci Epstein, Cassie Mercer, Skylar Morton and Taylor Wingo.

Virginia also welcomes newcomers Meghan Kelley, Victoria Olivarez and Erica Susi for the upcoming season.

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