CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia men’s tennis team (15-3, 6-2 ACC) will play a pair of conference matches in Florida this weekend, beginning with a contest at No. 31 Florida State (14-7, 4-4 ACC) on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a match at No. 24 Miami (15-6, 6-2) on Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m.
Live scoring for both matches will be available through links posted on VirginiaSports.com. (Note: the Florida State match was originally slated to be streamed as an ACC Network Extra broadcast, but that will no longer be the case)
The Cavaliers remained No. 5 in this week’s Oracle ITA rankings after downing Duke last Friday, 4-2. The Cavaliers won the doubles point, but fell behind 2-1 after Duke picked up a pair of straight-set victories on courts five and six. Junior Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) gutted out wins on courts two and four with seniorHenrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) clinching the match with a victory on court three.
Söderlund has moved up to No. 10 in the Oracle ITA singles rankings and is 14-3 in singles this spring, posting an 8-3 record on court one and a 6-0 mark at two. Ross has a team-leading 17 singles victories this season, including a 7-3 record at No. 4. Senior Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) is 11-2 this spring. Söderlund and Ross are both 6-1 in conference singles matches while Wiersholm is 5-1.
Florida State went 0-2 last weekend losing 4-1 to No. 23 NC State and 6-1 to No. 11 North Carolina. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 36 of his last 39 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 12-2 in 2019. Florida State is 27-6 on courts one and two with just three losses on each court. Virginia leads the all-time series, 28-11, but the Seminoles won last year’s meeting, 5-2, in Charlottesville.
Miami is No. 24 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings after reaching No. 22 last week, its highest ranking since the end of the 2009 season. The Hurricanes have two sophomores among the top 100 in singles, with Adria Soriano Barrera ranking No. 36 and Bojan Jankulovski coming it at No. 91. Virginia and Miami are currently tied for second place in the conference standings. Virginia leads the all-time series, 18-5, but the Hurricanes won last year’s meeting in Charlottesville, 4-3.
The Cavaliers close out the regular season at home next weekend, hosting No. 11 North Carolina on Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m., and No. 43 Virginia Tech on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdo