CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 9 Virginia women’s tennis team (7-2, 1-0 ACC) jumps back into conference play this weekend, kicking things off with a 4 p.m. match on Friday (Feb. 21) at No. 11 Georgia Tech (10-5, 0-1 ACC). It’s the first of two ACC matches this weekend as the Cavaliers return home to host Clemson on Sunday (Feb. 23).
Fans can keep up with the action through live stats and a video stream linked at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomensTennis).
CAVALIERS IN THE TEAM RANKINGS
Virginia moved up four spots in the latest ITA Women’s Tennis rankings following a 4-1 win over No. 12 Michigan last weekend. The Cavaliers now sit at No. 9 in the team rankings, the highest spot in the regular season polls since the same week of the 2016 season when Virginia was also ranked ninth.
VIRGINIA PLAYERS IN THE SINGLES AND DOUBLES RANKINGS
The Cavaliers continue to have four players in the latest ITA singles rankings with freshman Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) leading the way. Subhash comes into the week ranked No. 15 in singles, while junior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, British Columbia) has moved up to No. 35 in the rankings. Sophomores Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) and Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) round out the ranked singles players for Virginia at No. 89 and No. 95, respectively.
In doubles, the duo of O’Dell and senior Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) come in ranked as the No. 41 tandem nationally.
VIRGINIA FACES TOUGH EARLY SCHEDULE
The Cavaliers have played a tough schedule through the first nine matches with six matches against top-25 opponents. It doesn’t get any easier as Georgia Tech is the seventh top-25 foe Virginia has faced this season. The challenge continues through the next week as the Cavaliers will face a pair of top-five opponents with road contests at top-ranked North Carolina and fourth-ranked NC State. In all, the Cavaliers will face nine top-25 opponents through the first 13 matches of the season. Currently, Virginia is 4-2 against nationally-ranked foes.
THE SERIES WITH GEORGIA TECH
Virginia and Georgia Tech have faced each other 39 times with the Cavaliers holding a 24-15 lead in the all-time series. In the last meeting, Virginia picked up a 7-0 sweep of the Yellow Jackets in Charlottesville.
A LOOK AT GEORGIA TECH
Georgia Tech enters the weekend matchup ranked No. 11 in the latest ITA rankings and holds a record of 10-5 on the year and an 0-1 mark in conference play after a loss to Miami last Friday. The Yellow Jackets have also played a tough schedule, winning matches against Wisconsin and No. 13 South Carolina in the ITA Weekend before dropping all three matches to No. 7 Texas, No. 12 Ohio State and top-ranked Stanford at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
The Yellow Jackets have three players in the singles rankings with No. 23 Kenya Jones leading the way. Georgia Tech also has the No. 17 doubles pairing with Jones and Victoria Flores.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will come home to host Clemson on Sunday (Feb. 23) in a noon match at the Snyder Tennis Center. Admission is free to the public.