|Date & Time||Fri., March 23, 2018, 4 p.m.- Virginia at Georgia Tech
Sun., Mar. 25, 2018, 1 p.m.- Virginia at No. 39 Clemson
|Location||Ken Byers Tennis Complex, Atlanta, Ga. | Anderson University Tennis Center, Anderson, S.C.|
|Coverage||| Clemson Live Scoring|
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March 22, 2018 –
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team (9-5, 2-1 ACC) plays a pair of conference road matches this weekend, playing at Georgia Tech (5-8, 1-2 ACC) on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m., and No. 39 Clemson (7-3, 2-1 ACC) on Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Please note that the time of Friday’s match has been changed to 4 p.m. from its originally-scheduled time.
Live scoring will be available for both matches through links posted on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia brings a three-match win streak into the weekend, including a 6-1 victory over No. 18 Notre Dame last Sunday (March 18). Three Cavaliers have won their last four singles matches, including sophomore Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) and freshmen Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) and Matthew Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.).
The Cavaliers have two players ranked in the top-40 for singles. SÃƒÆ’Ã†’Ãƒâ€ ‘ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â ‘Â¶derlund jumped 36 spots in this week’s ITA singles rankings, rising from No. 74 to No. 38 after picking up wins over No. 23 Aleks Vukic of Illinois and No. 33 Alex Lebedev of Notre Dame. He is 5-1 at No. 1 singles this spring. Junior Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Isle of Man), who is 23-3 in singles this season, is ranked No. 32.
Lord, who started the spring dropping his first three singles matches, is 8-2 in his last 10 matches. Ross is 11-2 overall and 8-1 in his last 10 matches (with one abandoned).
Freshman Jefferson Dockter (Atlanta, Ga.) played his first ACC singles match of his career last Friday against Boston College, topping Max Palmer 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Georgia Tech is coming off a 5-2 loss at No. 12 Florida State on Sunday after having edged Miami, 4-3, the weekend prior. Carlos Divar and Michael Kay won their fifth-straight doubles match, improving to 14-4 overall and 10-2 in dual matches. Kay, who primarily plays No. 5 singles, is 9-3 in duals and has won his last three singles matches. Divar is the only ranked singles player at No. 54.
Clemson fell from No. 36 to No. 39 in this week’s ITA team rankings. The Tigers split a pair of conference matches two weeks ago, falling 5-2 to Florida State but edging Miami 4-3. The Tigers did not play last weekend, but played a midweek match on Wednesday at UNC Asheville, falling 4-2 to the Bulldogs. Clemson will be at Louisville on Friday before hosting UVA on Sunday. Alex Favrot and Simon Baudry, ranked No. 22 in doubles, suffered just their second loss of the spring, falling 6-1 on the top court at UNC Asheville. Baudry leads the team in singles with a 14-5 record. Favrot, ranked No. 47, has an 11-6 singles record, including a 5-2 mark at No. 1.
These matches are the first of four straight road contests for the Cavaliers who will play at Duke (March 30) and North Carolina (April 1) next weekend before returning home to host Miami on Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center. Admission is free for all Virginia home tennis matches.