CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The No. 23 Virginia women’s tennis team opens the dual season Saturday, hosting Quinnipiac and Army in a doubleheader at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers will face Quinnipiac at 10 a.m. and will face the Black Knights at 3 p.m.
Admission to all Virginia women’s tennis matches is free to the public. Free Bodo’s Bagels will be given out to fans prior to the morning match with the Bobcats.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans who can’t make it to the Boar’s Head Sports Club for the match can track the matches by following live stats or watching a live stream of each court linked at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomensTennis).
VIRGINIA IN THE TEAM RANKINGS
The Cavaliers enter the dual season as the No. 23 ranked team in the nation according to the preseason Oracle/ITA Women’s Tennis Rankings. It’s right where the squad left off as Virginia finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 23 nationally after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
HOOS REPRESENTED IN THE INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
The Cavaliers are also represented in the individual rankings heading into the preseason. Following a strong fall season, the duo of senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) are ranked No. 10 nationally in doubles. The tandem went 12-2 in the fall, winning the ITA Atlantic Regional and winning the consolation finals at the ITA Fall National Championships.
In singles, Kelley enters the dual season ranked No. 32 after posting a 10-5 record in the fall. She advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Atlantic Regional and earned an at-large bid to the ITA Fall National Championships, advancing to the Round of 16.
YEAR TWO UNDER HEAD COACH SARA O’LEARY
Virginia enters its second season under the leadership of head coach Sara O’Leary. In the first season of competition under O’Leary’s direction, the Cavaliers returned to the NCAA Tournament with a 16-9 record and posted a 9-5 mark in ACC play. The nine wins in conference play tied for third all-time in program history for ACC wins in a season.
Kelley and junior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, British Columbia) earned All-ACC honors in singles play a year ago.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Following this weekend’s doubleheader, the Cavaliers will return to action at home on Tuesday, January 22, when Virginia hosts Richmond at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. First serve against the Spiders is set for 3 p.m.