CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The No. 20 Virginia women’s tennis team (14-5, 6-4 ACC) plays its final home matches of the regular season this weekend, hosting No. 50 Notre Dame (10-10, 3-8 ACC) and Louisville (10-10, 2-8 ACC) in a pair of matches.
The Cavaliers will face the Irish at 4 p.m. on Friday (April 5) before closing out the weekend against the Cardinals at 11 a.m. on Sunday (April 7).
Admission to all home Virginia women’s tennis matches is free to the public.
ALUMNI WEEKEND AND SENIOR DAY
It’s a big weekend for off the court celebrations for the Cavaliers as the two matches will encompass an Alumni Weekend and Senior Day. Between singles and doubles of Friday’s match with the Irish, Virginia will recognize several program alums with recognition on the court as part of welcoming back past players.
At Sunday’s match with the Cardinals, the Cavaliers will honor a pair of seniors prior to the start of the match as Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) and Erica Susi (Vero Beach, Fla.) are playing their final seasons.
VIRGINIA IN THE TEAM RANKINGS
Following a pair of wins over Old Dominion and Georgia Tech this past weekend, the Cavaliers jumped up seven spots in the latest Oracle/ITA Women’s Tennis Rankings, climbing up to the No. 20 position.
CAVALIERS IN THE INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Virginia is represented in the individual rankings with three players ranked. Kelley comes in at No. 31 in singles, while freshman Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) is tied at the No. 76 position. Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) rounds out the Virginia players in the singles rankings at No. 117.
Kelley and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) are the No. 19 doubles tandem in the most recent individual rankings released. Also in the doubles rankings is the tandem of Gullickson and O’Dell at No. 63 in the polls.
THE SERIES WITH NOTRE DAME
It’s a young series for the Cavaliers and Irish with the two teams having met seven times. Virginia leads the all-time series 6-1. The squads played each other in the 1983 season and did not meet again until the 2011 campaign, the only loss in the series for the Cavaliers. The teams have met every year since the 2014 season with Virginia winning five straight In the series. Virginia is 3-1 against the Irish at home.
THE SERIES WITH LOUISVILLE
Virginia and Louisville have faced each other four times in the history of the series with the Cavaliers leading the Cardinals 3-1 in those four meetings. The Cavaliers won the first two meetings between the teams in 2015 and 2016 before the Cardinals won the 2017 meeting 4-3 in Louisville. Virginia won last year’s meeting on the road by a score of 5-2. This is only the second time for Virginia and Louisville to play each other in Charlottesville.
UP NEXT FOR VIRGINIA
Virginia will hit the road for the final weekend of the regular season, playing matches at Florida State and Miami. The Cavaliers will take on No. 13 Florida State at 5 p.m. on Thursday (April 11) before facing No. 27 Miami at noon on Saturday (April 13).