By Bobby Knight, College Tennis Today
Everybody better strap themselves in because this weekend is going to be a thrill ride with four Top 10 matches, including a top-three showdown in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Friday afternoon.
The only top five matchup of the weekend will take place on Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem as No. 1 Wake Forest hosts No. 3 Virginia. Wake Forest comes into the match with a 16-1 record and is riding a nine-match winning streak while Virginia is the only team in Division 1 that is still undefeated with a 12-0 record. Wake Forest has four singles starters ranked in the ITA Top 125 while Virginia has three. Virginia leads the all-time series 60-19 and had won 23 straight in the series until Wake Forest defeated them in the finals of last year’s ACC Tournament.
Columbia, ranked No. 25, will host No. 20 Cornell on Saturday afternoon in the first Ivy League match between Top 25 teams in over 40 years. Columbia has won nine of its last 10, which includes a 4-1 win over Cornell in the finals of the ECAC Championships back in February. Cornell has won three straight and seven of its last eight with the biggest feather in its cap being a win on the road over No. 13 Oklahoma. Columbia leads the all-time series 56-40-1 and they’ve won five straight with Cornell’s last win coming in 2013. The match will be played at Columbia’s Dick Savitt Tennis Center with Savitt coincidentally enough a 1950 Cornell graduate who won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 1951.
The Big 12 kicks off its conference slate this weekend with a slew of good matches. The only one between Top 10 teams will take place on Sunday afternoon in Stillwater as No. 8 Oklahoma State hosts No. 6 Texas. Oklahoma State enters the weekend riding a nine-match winning streak and is coming off wins over No. 38 SMU and Wichita State. Texas has won its last four and is coming off a win over UT Arlington. This will be the second meeting of the season between these two with Texas coming out on top 4-2 back in February in a consolation match at the National Team Indoors. Texas leads the all-time series 27-3 with Oklahoma State’s last win coming back in 2007.
The two highest ranked teams in the Big 12 will meet on Friday evening in Lubbock as No. 6 Texas Tech hosts No. 7 Oklahoma State. Texas Tech has won its last nine and is coming off wins over No. 15 Baylor and No. 21 Texas. Oklahoma State has won six straight though its last match was two weeks ago when it defeated No. 21 Texas. Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 16-10 though Texas Tech has won the last three times they’ve played in Lubbock.
Kentucky, ranked No. 11, will host No. 18 Arkansas on Friday evening in a match between two teams that are making a push for the No. 4 spot in the SEC. Kentucky has won four of its last five and is coming off a 4-3 road win over No. 12 Auburn. Arkansas has won 11 of its last 14 but is coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to No. 1 Florida and a 4-2 loss against No. 13 South Carolina. Kentucky leads the all-time series 18-9 and they’ve won the last three with Arkansas’s last win coming four years ago in 2013.
Fourth-ranked North Carolina welcomes in No. 10 Georgia Tech on Saturday morning in a match between two teams that are undefeated in the ACC. North Carolina comes into the match with a 20-1 record and is riding a 12-match winning streak. Georgia Tech enters with a 17-2 record and they’ve won 11 straight. North Carolina has five singles players ranked inside the top 125 while Georgia Tech has three. North Carolina leads the all-time series 33-10 and they’ve won the last eight with Georgia Tech’s last win coming back in 2010.
Make sure you follow each of these matches at the provided live scoring links and follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/College10s2day 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. 3 Virginia at No. 1 Wake Forest – Friday 4 p.m. ET
Live Scoring - http://www.wakeforestsports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
Video - http://www.wakeforestsports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/live-video.html
No. 20 Cornell at No. 25 Columbia – Saturday 1 p.m. ET
Scoring Updates - https://twitter.com/ColumbiaMTennis
Video $ - http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/ivyleague/schedule?tid=4
No. 6 Texas at No. 8 Oklahoma State – Sunday 1 p.m. CT
Live Scoring - http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=okst
Video - http://www.okstate.com/sports/2016/2/22/TENNIS_VIDEO.aspx
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates:
#7 Oklahoma State at #6 Texas Tech – Friday 5 p.m. CT
Live Scoring - http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=text
No. 18 Arkansas at No. 11 Kentucky – Friday 6 p.m. ET
Live Scoring - https://s3.amazonaws.com/wayback/ftp-conf.silverchalice.co/stat-crew/KTY/w-tennis/xlive.htm
No. 10 Georgia Tech at No. 4 North Carolina – Saturday 11 a.m. ET
Live Scoring - http://goheels.com/fls/3350/tennisstats/xlive.htm?_ga=1.104237064.924633474.1454875064