CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia women’s tennis team (9-4, 3-2 ACC) returns home for a pair of weekend matches, hosting No. 23 Syracuse (8-2, 3-1) and No. 4 Florida State (12-3, 5-1 ACC) at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers face the Orange at 2 p.m. on Friday (March 6) and the Seminoles at 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 8).
Fans can keep up with the action through live stats and live streams linked at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomensTennis). Admission to all Virginia women’s tennis home matches is free to the public.
VIRGINIA IN THE TEAM RANKINGS
The Cavaliers jumped up three spots in the team rankings this week, coming in at No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA Women’s Tennis Rankings after splitting matches on the road last weekend that included a loss at No. 1 North Carolina and a win at No. 3 NC State.
CAVALIERS IN THE INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
The Cavaliers continue to have four players in the latest edition of the ITA women’s singles rankings with freshman Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) leading the way at No. 10 this week. She is joined by junior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, British Columbia) at No. 47, and sophomores Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) and Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) at 86 and 95, respectively.
In doubles action, the Cavaliers have three pairings ranked with O’Dell and senior Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) coming in at No. 41 this week. The pairing of Munera and Subhash is ranked No. 51 and the pairing of Munera and O’Dell is ranked at 73. Munera and O’Dell have not competed as a duo since the fall tournament season.
SUBHASH SWEEPS ACC WEEKLY HONORS
This week Subhash swept the weekly honors from the league office when she was named the ACC Player of the Week and the ACC Freshman of the Week. The freshman defeated a pair of top-16 opponents last weekend with a straight-set victory over No. 5 Alexa Graham of top-ranked North Carolina and No. 16 Alana Smith of third-ranked NC State. Her win over Smith clinched the dual victory for Virginia as the Cavaliers defeated a top-five opponent for the first time since 2016 and only the fifth time ever.
A LOOK AT SYRACUSE
The Orange enter the weekend with an overall record of 8-2 and a 3-1 mark in ACC play with the lone loss coming at the hands of then No. 10 Duke. Syracuse has defeated Boston College, Louisville and No. 15 Notre Dame in conference play. The Orange have one player in the latest ITA singles rankings with Guzal Yusupova coming in at No. 82 this week. Syracuse also has a non-conference loss to Columbia.
A LOOK AT FLORIDA STATE
The Seminoles enter the weekend with an overall record of 12-3 and an ACC mark of 5-1, with the only conference loss coming at the hands of top-ranked North Carolina. The other two losses this season came to No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Ohio State. Florida State will take on Clemson on Friday before facing the Cavaliers on Sunday. The Seminoles have three players in the ITA singles rankings with Victoria Allen leading the way at No. 80 this week. The doubles tandem of Allen and Petra Hule is ranked No. 11 this week, while Allen is ranked No. 23 in doubles when paired with Emmanuelle Salas.
CAVALIERS CONTINUE WITH STRONG SCHEDULE IN 2020
The Cavaliers have tackled a strong schedule this season and this weekend continues the trend of facing some of the top teams in the nation. With a pair of top-25 opponents on the docket, the Cavaliers will have played four straight matches against top-25 teams and this weekend’s matchups make 9-of-10 consecutive matches against top-25 foes. So far this season, only four opponents for the Cavaliers have not been ranked in the top-25 nationally.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAVALIERS
Virginia will go back on the road for a single match next week, traveling to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, to take on No. 29 Northwestern. The Cavaliers and Wildcats will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.