Weekend Previews: March 25-27

“The Skinny” on weekend action for softball and men’s and women’s tennis

spwtennisdaniellecollinsmbronfin

Women’s Tennis

What: Virginia at Miami and Florida State

Where: Coral Gables and Tallahassee, Fla., respectively

When: Friday, 1:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m., respectively

The Skinny: No. 12 Virginia women’s tennis will head to Florida this weekend to face No. 6 Miami Friday before heading to Tallahassee to face No. 7 Florida State Sunday.

The Hurricanes (10-4, 5-2 ACC) jumped six spots this week to claim the No. 6 ranking and are led by senior Stephanie Wagner, two-time ACC Player of the Week — this month alone. Wagner has broken numerous Miami and NCAA records and has had an outstanding season — making her and Miami a formidable opponent for the Cavaliers (10-6, 5-2 ACC).

The No. 7 Seminoles (8-8, 0-6 ACC) will face Boston College Friday before taking on the Cavaliers. Florida State, who lost six of their last seven matches, will look for redemption when facing both opponents this upcoming weekend.

Virginia, less than a month away from the ACC Tournament, needs a strong showing in Florida after a tough loss to then-No. 29 Wake Forest last weekend. The Cavaliers will look to senior Danielle Collins, who is No. 4 in the nation in singles rankings to lead the team.

—compiled by Emily Caron

Softball

What: Virginia at Pittsburgh

Where: Pittsburgh, Pa.

When: Friday and Saturday

The Skinny: The Virginia women’s softball team will head to Pittsburgh this weekend to take on the Panthers for a three-game series. Virginia (9-22, 0-6 ACC) snapped their eight-game losing streak this past Wednesday with a win over Longwood and is looking to start a winning streak, as they continue on with conference play. The Panthers (18-9, 2-4 ACC) are coming off a strong performance, as they took their series against North Carolina last weekend. ACC opponents Notre Dame and Louisville swept Virginia the last two weekends, and Virginia will be looking to win their first conference game of the season. The first game of the series will be played at 4 p.m. this Friday and a doubleheader will close out the series Saturday with games at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

—compiled by Rahul Shah

Men’s Tennis

What: Virginia vs. Notre Dame and Boston College

Where: Snyder Tennis Center; Charlottesville, Va.

When: Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Skinny: Coming off consecutive sweeps last weekend over North Carolina State and Florida State, Virginia look to replicate their previous form this weekend as they have two important matches. On Friday, the Cavaliers (14-2, 4-0 ACC) are set to take on Notre Dame at 3 p.m at the Snyder Tennis Center here in Charlottesville. On Saturday, the Cavaliers will take on Boston College at the Snyder Tennis Center beginning at 1 p.m.

The Cavaliers fell to No. 2 in the rankings this week, despite sweeping their two opponents, as North Carolina reclaimed their spot as the top team in the nation. Despite this, the Cavaliers remain atop the ACC with a 4-0 record and hope to improve to 6-0 after the weekend. The Cavaliers ought to be heavily favored in both games, as the Fighting Irish have a record of 10-8, while the Eagles sport a 3-10 record. The Cavaliers are 14-2 and as the No. 2 team in the nation, should handle both of these unranked teams without too much trouble. However, the team understands how important consistency can be, and will be keen to not slip up against lesser competition.

—compiled by Hunter Ostad

related stories