What To Watch April 15-17
This is the final week of the regular season in the ACC, Pac-12, and SEC while the Big Ten and Big 12 have one more week. The matches below will most likely determine the regular-season champion in the ACC (men), Pac-12 (both), and SEC (women) so make sure you keep an eye on them throughout the weekend.
Top-ranked Virginia (20-3) welcomes in No. 7 Wake Forest (25-4) with first place in the ACC at stake in what should be a titanic showdown. The Cavaliers have won four straight and are coming off road wins over No. 30 Georgia Tech and Clemson while the Demon Deacons have won eleven straight after defeating No. 64 Duke last Saturday. Virginia won a 4-3 thriller over Wake Forest back in February in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in a match that came down to a third set at No. 6 singles. Virginia leads the all-time series 58-18 with Wake’s last win coming back in April 2003.
Texas Tech (23-3), ranked No. 10, goes on the road to face No. 8 Oklahoma (12-8) in a top 10 matchup between Big 12 rivals. Texas Tech is coming off a win over No. 24 Tulsa while Oklahoma split matches last weekend with a win over No. 18 Texas and a close 4-3 loss to No. 2 TCU. The Sooners have won four of the last five in the series but the Red Raiders won the last time out when they stunned then No. 1 Oklahoma in a 4-3 thriller in Lubbock.
Fourth-ranked UCLA (19-2) makes the 10-mile trip for its campus in Westwood to the newly refurbished Marks Tennis Stadium to face crosstown rival No. 9 USC (15-4). Both teams have been playing well lately with the Bruins riding a 12-match winning streak while the Trojans have won five straight. UCLA defeated USC earlier this season at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, in a non-conference dual-match, but this meeting will count towards the Pac-12 conference standings. UCLA is undefeated in conference play while USC has the one loss to Washington so the outcome of this match will determine the regular-season champion(s) as well as seeding for next week’s Pac-12 tournament.
Third-ranked Georgia (17-2) hosts No. 4 Florida (16-2) in a Friday evening showdown between SEC heavyweights. The Bulldogs have won four straight and 12 of their last 13 and are coming off road wins over No. 18 LSU and No. 19 Texas A&M. The Gators have won 11 straight and are coming off road wins over No. 12 Auburn and No. 62 Alabama. Florida won last year’s meeting in Gainesville by a 4-3 score and they lead the all-time series 46-15. Florida is the only team in the SEC that owns a head-to-head advantage over Georgia.
Stanford (12-5), ranked No. 17, hosts bay area rival No. 1 California (19-0) in the latest edition of the “Big Slam”. These teams actually just met two weeks ago in Berkeley in a non-conference match that Cal won 4-3. Both teams are coming off road wins over No. 55 Washington and No. 73 Washington State. The Cardinal is 9-1 this season at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium while the Bears are undefeated on the road, at home, and in neutral sites matches.
Second-ranked North Carolina (24-2) travels down to Atlanta this weekend to play No. 16 Georgia Tech (15-6). The Tar Heels have won 14 straight and are coming off wins over No. 30 Virginia Tech and No. 64 Boston College while the Yellow Jackets have won three straight and are coming off a road win over No. 51 Notre Dame. North Carolina has won the last eight in the series with Georgia Tech’s last win coming in the finals of the 2010 ACC Tournament.
Make sure you follow each of these matches at the provided live scoring links and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
If you want to read my thoughts and predictions on this weekends action you can head over to my site College Tennis Today.
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 7 Wake Forest at No. 1 Virginia – Friday – 3 p.m. ET – Live Scoring/Video http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/va-m-tennis-live-stats.html
No. 4 UCLA at No. 9 USC – Sunday – 12:30 p.m. PT – USC Twitter https://twitter.com/USCMensTennis Pac-12 Network http://pac-12.com/mens-tennis/event/2016/04/17/ucla-usc
No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 8 Oklahoma – Sunday – 1 p.m. CT – Live Scoring http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=okla
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 4 Florida at No. 3 Georgia – Friday – 5 p.m. ET – Live Scoring http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-tennis/tennis-live-stats-w.html Video http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/vid-stream.html
No. 1 California at No. 17 Stanford – Saturday – 12 p.m. PT – Live Scoring/Video http://streamingtennis.com/Cardinal/?DB_OEM_ID=30600
No. 2 North Carolina at No. 16 Georgia Tech – Sunday – 12 p.m. ET – Live Scoring http://www.ramblinwreck.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm Video http://www.ramblinwreck.com/collegesportslive/?media=522198