CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia women’s tennis team (1-1) hosts its first home match of the season on Thursday (Jan. 28) when the Cavaliers face off against VCU (1-0) in a 3 p.m. match at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Virginia’s home tennis matches are not open to the public.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans can follow the action through live stats and a court-by-court live stream that are linked at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomensTennis).
VIRGINIA IN THE TEAM RANKINGS
The latest Oracle/ITA Team rankings came out on Wednesday with the Cavaliers coming in at No. 14 following the ITA Kickoff Weekend when Virginia split its matches. The next women’s team rankings will be released on Feb. 10.
VIRGINIA IN THE INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
The individual rankings remain unchanged this week with five players ranked in the initial singles rankings. Sophomore Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) leads the way at No. 11. She is joined by senior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, British Columbia) at No. 47, freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) at No. 80, junior Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) at No. 91 and junior Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) at No. 104.
The Cavaliers have one doubles pairing in the preseason rankings with the duo of Johanson and senior Vivian Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.) coming in at No. 31.
Navarro rounded out the rankings as she has been tabbed the No. 5 newcomer nationally.
A LOOK AT THE RAMS OF VCU
VCU enters the midweek matchup coming off a 5-2 victory over Elon in the season opener. The Rams won the doubles point before picking up four singles victories in the meeting. VCU is led by senior Paolo Delgado who is ranked No. 116 in singles this season. She was the runner-up at the ITA Atlantic Regional in singles last season and posted an 18-9 record on the year. VCU has six players returning from last year’s squad.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia opened the season on the road at the ITA Kickoff regional hosted by No. 13 Ohio State with the Cavaliers facing off against Tennessee in the opening round before facing the host Buckeyes in the championship match on Sunday. Virginia defeated the Lady Vols by a score of 4-1 in the opening matchup before dropping a hard-fought 4-2 match to Ohio State on Sunday.
NAVARRO EARNS WEEKLY HONOR
Newcomer Emma Navarro was a part of the season’s first weekly honors released by the ACC office on Tuesday when she was named ACC Co-Freshman of the Week. Navarro picked up the honor after a 2-0 weekend in singles at the ITA Kickoff with wins at the top of the lineup against then No. 118 Carly Briggs of Tennessee and Kolie Allen of then No. 13 Ohio State.
NEXT UP FOR THE CAVALIERS
Virginia will continue to play at home this weekend with a nationally-ranked matchup as the No. 18 South Carolina Gamecocks come to town on Saturday (Jan. 30). The teams are set to face off at 4 p.m. at the Boar’s Head Sports Club as part of a doubleheader that day with the No. 8 Virginia men’s team who will be playing Old Dominion earlier in the day.