ACC Champions. A familiar headline for the Virginia men's tennis team, but uncharted territory for the women's team, as both squads captured the ACC title in Cary, NC last weekend.
It was the eighth consecutive title for the men, who have now won 121 consecutive conference matches, an ACC record across all sports.
But despite their 4-0 win over North Carolina in the championship match, there's a noticeable uptick in competition.
"This year is the best the ACC's been in my four years here," said ACC tournament MVP Alex Domijan following their win. It's special because, as you can see here today, the doubles is competitive. The singles is competitive. It means something. It's not something we should take for granted."
En route to defend their national title, the men were rewarded with a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship, the highest among ACC schools. The top seed was awarded to USC, a school that has given Virginia fits in the past. Rounding out the top eight are No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 8 Texas A&M.
The Virginia men will host Army in the first round in Charlottesville on Saturday, May 10 no earlier than 12:00 noon, and if they advance, they will face the winner of Penn State and UNC-Wilmington on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The women's team earned a No. 3 overall seed, the highest in Virginia program history, after a school record 21 wins on the season. They, too, are the highest-seeded ACC program. The rest of the top eight include No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Cal, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 8 Florida.
The Virginia women will host Youngstown State on Friday, May 9 no earlier than 1:00 p.m., and if they advance, they will face the winner of Kentucky and Columbia on Saturday no earlier than 3:00 p.m.
The ACC Digital Network did a great job recapping both teams' days.