What to Watch: March 30 – April 3
This will be a big weekend of conference action with some mega rematches on the schedule. The biggest men’s match of the week will take place in Chapel Hill as North Carolina hosts Virginia while one of the biggest on the women’s side will take place in Atlanta between Emory and Williams.
Top-ranked North Carolina (20-1) hosts No. 3 Virginia (16-2) in a blockbuster rematch of this year’s ITA National Team Indoor Finals. The Tar Heels have won five straight and are coming off wins over Clemson and No. 45 Virginia Tech while the Cavaliers have won eight straight and are coming off shutouts over Boston College and No. 51 Notre Dame. Virginia had won 15 in a row in the series until North Carolina beat them back in February.
Seventh-ranked Georgia (12-3) goes on the road Friday night to face No. 10 Texas A&M (19-6) in a match that will go a long way towards determining the SEC regular season champion. The Bulldogs have won eight straight and are undefeated in SEC play while the Aggies have dropped two of its last three and are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to No. 2 TCU. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-2 but Texas A&M has won the last two meetings in College Station and in fact Texas A&M also hasn’t lost a conference match at home in three years.
California (11-3), ranked No. 16, heads to Los Angeles this weekend to face No. 5 UCLA (14-2). The Bears are coming off road wins over Utah and Arizona while the Bruins had a successful trip to the Pacific Northwest with wins over No. 29 Washington and No. 39 Oregon. UCLA has won eight straight in the series with California’s last win coming back in March 2011.
Fourth-ranked Emory (16-2) welcomes in No. 1 Williams (8-1) in a rematch of last year’s Division III National Championship.
The Eagles have won eight straight and are coming off wins over No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 15 DePauw, and No. 24 Trinity (TX). The Ephs have won six of its last seven and are coming off a 3-1 weekend in Atlanta that saw them defeat CMS, DePauw, and Trinity (TX) with a loss to NAIA powerhouse Georgia Gwinnett sandwiched in between. These teams have combined to win 14 of the last 15 NCAA National Championships with Williams winning last year’s NCAA Championship 5-4.
Virginia (11-7), ranked No. 12, welcomes in No. 10 Duke (13-3) in a pivotal ACC matchup. The Cavaliers went to the Sunshine State last weekend and split matches against No. 57 Florida State (win) and No. 7 Miami (loss). The Blue Devils have won three of its last four but are coming off a close loss to No. 3 North Carolina. Duke and Virginia have split the last four meetings with Duke winning at home last season 4-3.
Top-ranked California (15-0) welcomes in bay area rival No. 18 Stanford (9-4) in a match that will be broadcast nationally on the Pac-12 Network. The Bears are undefeated on the year and are coming off shutout wins over No. 38 Oregon and Colorado while the Cardinal has won three of its last four and are also coming off shutout wins over No. 38 Oregon and Colorado. California won both of last year’s regular season meetings but Stanford won the last meeting in the NCAA Round of 16.
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. (www.collegetennistoday.com)
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates:
No. 3 Virginia at No. 1 North Carolina – Friday – 3 p.m. ET –
Live Scoring http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3350&ATCLID=206004361
No. 7 Georgia at No. 10 Texas A&M – Friday – 6 p.m. CT –
Live Scoring http://www.sidearmstats.com/tamu/mten/
No. 16 California at No. 5 UCLA – Saturday – 3 p.m. PT - Live Scoring http://www.uclabruins.com/fls/30500/stats/tennis/xlive.htm?&DB_OEM_ID=30500&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates:
No. 1 Williams at No. 4 Emory – Wednesday – 3 p.m. ET – Emory Twitter https://twitter.com/emorywtennis
No. 10 Duke at No. 12 Virginia – Friday – 3 p.m. ET – Live Scoring/Video http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/va-w-tennis-live-stats.html
No. 18 Stanford at No. 1 California – Sunday – 11 a.m. PT – Cal Twitter https://twitter.com/CalWomensTennis ; Pac 12-Network http://pac-12.com/live?