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Women's Tennis Advances in NCAA Tournament

The Cavaliers face a difficult test against North Carolina today.

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When We Last Left Our Heroes

The women's tennis team was entering the NCAA Tournament with the #14 seed and hosting first and second round matches.

How Did it Go?

The weather certainly didn't cooperate, but the Hoos won both matches over the weekend to book a trip to Tulsa, OK for the Round of 16. The Cavs started the festivities Friday with an easy 4-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, and followed it up with a hard fought 4-2 win over a solid and improving LSU program.

What's Next?

Well, that's the bad news. At 10:00 today, Virginia steps on the court against the #3 seed North Carolina, a team that has handed Virginia two losses this year. UNC is the ACC Champion and a serious national title contender. This will not be easy.

How Could Virginia Win?

In order to pull the upset, the Hoos must win the doubles point. North Carolina sports an extremely strong singles lineup, but Virginia has some prospects for singles wins. Julia Elbaba has dominated UNC's #2 Whitney Kay in their two matches this year. UNC's #1 Hayley Carter is the best player in the country, but Danielle Collins is fantastic on outdoor courts and led Carter in the ACC semifinal when the match ended. The problem Virginia faces, however, is that the further you look down the lineup, the longer the odds of another Virginia upset, thanks to the roster defections the Hoos suffered in April.

Doubles point, wins by Elbaba and Collins, and hope for one of the players at the 3-6 spots to pull an upset.

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