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Virginia tennis teams enter ACC Tournament play

Both the men's and women's tennis teams are eyeing tournament titles in Cary, North Carolina.

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Women's Tennis

When we last left our heroes...

The women's team had fallen to undefeated North Carolina, but responded with a solid victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

How did the weekend go?

The women held serve at home, beating both Virginia Tech and NC State to finish the ACC season at #4 in the conference, and earning a coveted "double bye" in the conference tournament. The team also moved up to #10 in the national rankings, which makes it very likely that they will host a regional in the NCAA Tournament.

Defending NCAA Singles champion Danielle Collins (above) now has a seven match win streak.

Tournament Time

The women will start their conference tournament run with a quarterfinal match against Clemson at roughly 3pm on Friday. Virginia narrowly beat the Tigers at home earlier this season, so this could be a nail-biter. A second crack at the top-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina likely awaits the winner. The Virginia women would likely relish another chance at the undefeated Heels, as they came close to knocking them off in Chapel Hill two weeks ago.

Men's Tennis

When we last left our heroes...

The men's tennis team had clinched at least a share of their 12th straight ACC regular season title on the strength of their 134 match win streak against ACC opposition.

How did the weekend go?

Make that 136 and counting. The men locked up their 10th straight outright regular season championship, as well as the #1 seed in the conference tournament, by beating Florida State and Miami on the road over the weekend. More importantly, freshman Alexander Ritschard returned to the lineup after several weeks out with an injury, giving the Hoos their top lineup heading into the postseason.

What's Next?

The men start their attempt at a ninth straight ACC Tournament title on Friday at 9am against the Florida State team they knocked off a week ago. A win sets up a match against the winner of UNC-Duke.

The men were knocked down a spot in the national rankings to #5 thanks to Texas A&M's SEC Tournament title. The Aggies accumulated enough points to slide up to #3, but can't improve their resume any more while #4 Illinois and #5 Virginia both have conference tournaments this weekend.  Virginia's best shot at moving up a few spots is to get a win in the semifinals, and play either Virginia Tech of Wake Forest in the final.