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Virginia men’s, women’s tennis earn NCAA bids

Plus, seven Hoos will be competing in the single’s/double’s championship tournament.

NCAA TENNIS: MAY 16 Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships Photo by Mary Holt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The men’s and women’s Virginia tennis teams will be nationally seeded for the upcoming NCAA tournament, and a handful of Hoos will also participate in the singles and/or doubles tournament event. Both squads will play their opening matches (and hopefully second round) at home in Charlottesville.

No fans will be allowed at either the men’s or women’s matches as a result of ongoing coronavirus precautions, but there will be live video and scoring available.

The Virginia men’s team is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host the first two rounds on May 8 and 9. The Hoos are 21-2 on the season and are coming off a dramatic ACC tournament title. Virginia got the ACC’s auto-bid to the tournament thanks to their conference title, but the Cavaliers would have made the NCAAs as an automatic qualifier either way. They will face Fairleigh-Dickinson (6-4) at 1pm in the first round and have a chance to square off against either LSU (12-12) or Stanford (10-5) if they win the first round.

Florida is the top seed for the tournament and is on the same side of the bracket as the Cavaliers. Texas, the No. 4 seed, is in the same region as Virginia, and the Hoos are one of nine ACC teams that made the postseason. Duke, Notre Dame, Miami, NC State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech are all in the NCAA tournament, with No. 6 UNC and No. 10 Wake Forest getting national seeds.

Here is the full men’s bracket:

The men’s tournament will then continue over May 17-22, followed by the singles and doubles tournament from May 23-28. All of the events will take place in Orlando at the USTA National Campus.

Carl Söderlund, who was named the ACC tournament MVP, is the No. 7 seed in the men’s singles tournament, and first year Jeffrey von der Schulenburg will join him in the event. William Woodall and Söderlund will participate in the doubles tournament as an unseeded duo.

On the women’s side, the Cavaliers are seeded No. 14 as an at-large team in the tournament. Virginia is in the tournament for the third straight year, and will face LIU (9-0) at 3pm in Charlottesville on Friday (May 7). James Madison (14-3) or Tennessee (16-8) await the winner of Virginia’s opening match on Saturday (May 8) at 4pm.

North Carolina earned the top seed in the women’s bracket, and Virginia is aligned for a third round matchup with No. 3 Georgia if they continue winning. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels make up two of the nine ACC teams in the tournament and are joined by Syracuse, Miami, Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, and Florida State. NC State (No. 6), Florida State (No. 7), and Georgia Tech (No. 13) earned national seeds as well.

Here is the full bracket:

Natasha Subhash and freshman Emma Navarro were invited to participate in the singles event, with Rosie Johanson and Sofia Munera joining for the doubles tournament. Johanson and Navarro will play together, while Subhash will play alongside Munera. Navarro is the No. 3 overall seed for the singles event, with Subhash falling in the 9-16 designation. Neither doubles pair is seeded.

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments run concurrently, meaning the women’s singles and doubles events will begin May 23 at the conclusion of the NCAA team tournament.

Stay tuned for more updates!