CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  The No. 5 Virginia women’s tennis team (12-2, 4-0) concludes its extended road trip by taking on Virginia Tech (6-5, 1-3 ACC) on Thursday, March 14 at 3 p.m. at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va.

The match is part of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash, with one point going to the winner of the contest.


  • Live stats and live stream will be available for the match


  • The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash is a rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line.
  • The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash trophy
  • Virginia currently holds a 7-6 lead
  • Virginia captured the Clash in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023, while Virginia Tech won the Clash in 2017, 2018 and 2022. The 2020 and 2021 clashes were canceled due to the pandemic.


  • Virginia had moved up to a season-best No. 4 ranking last week, but despite not playing matches last week, dipped back down to No. 5 in this week’s rankings
  • Three Cavaliers have reached the 20-win mark in singles this season. Senior Sara Ziadato leads the team with a 22-6 record. Junior Mélodie Collard (20-7) and senior Hibah Shaikh (20-5) also have reached 20 wins
  • Junior Elaine Chervinsky and Collard both have 10-1 records in dual matches this spring. Ziodato is 10-2 in dual matches
  • The Cavaliers are 12-1 at the No. 5 singles position this spring and 7-1 at No. 2 doubles
  • Shaikh is 17-3 in doubles this year
  • Shaikh is ranked No. 22 in singles and No. 24 in doubles (partnering with grad student Natasha Subhash)
  • Collard and Chervinsky have moved up to No. 12 in the latest doubles rankings
  • This is the lone match of the week for the Cavaliers and their only match in a two-week span as they had a bye last week
  • Virginia has won the last 27 meetings. Virginia Tech’s last win against the Cavaliers came in 1998


  • Virginia returns home to host Syracuse on Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m.
  • The Syracuse match will be UVA’s first home contest since ITA Kickoff Weekend (Jan. 27 vs. Georgia Tech)