​Weekend Previews: April 8-10

“The Skinny” on weekend matchups for rowing and women’s and men’s tennis

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Senior Danielle Collins, a two-time All-American, is one of the key leaders of the Virginia' women's tennis team as one of the team's three captains.

Paul Burke | Cavalier Daily

Rowing

What: No. 4 Virginia vs. Duke

Where: Rivanna River; Earlysville, Va.

When: Saturday; 4:00 p.m.

The Skinny: No. 4 Virginia will host an unranked Duke this Saturday on the Rivanna

River for a dual. This is not the first time the Cavaliers have faced the Blue Devils on

home waters.

Although unranked this spring season, Duke gave Virginia quite a scare in their last

matchup at the Cavalier-hosted Rivanna Romp in November. While Virginia’s First and Second Varsity Eight claimed the top two spots, Duke’s Second Varsity Eight only trailed the second Cavaliers crew by 3.1 seconds. They also placed in the top-5 in the Varsity Four race, once again threatening Virginia’s dominance.

The Blue Devils will need to regain that same power they displayed the last time they faced the Rivanna in order to compete with Virginia, who has had quite an impressive spring season. The Cavaliers’ Second Varsity Eight was named the ACC Crew of the Week after winning 10 of 12 races last weekend against No. 3 Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan and unranked Michigan State in Columbus, Ohio.

Sweeps have become part of the Virginia rowing legacy, as shown in spring season results. The Blue Devils are out to challenge that legacy on Cavalier waters.

—compiled by Emily Caron

Men’s Tennis

What: No. 3 Virginia (18-3, 7-1 ACC) vs. No. 31 Georgia Tech (14-5, 7-2 ACC), Clemson (13-11, 4-5 ACC)

When: Friday 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.

Where: Atlanta, Ga.; Clemson, S.C.

The Skinny: The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team is traveling down south, first to Atlanta to take on No. 31 Georgia Tech, then to Clemson, S.C. to take on Clemson in two pivotal ACC matchups. Coming off a nice 5-2 win against No. 14 Florida midweek, the Cavaliers are confident going forward. However, the Yellow Jackets will also be riding high after picking up a pair of wins against Miami and Boston College last weekend. Despite not being ranked, the Tigers cannot be overlooked by the Cavaliers, especially with it being their senior day. Virginia ought to be favored in these two games, but they are far from a foregone conclusion. Picking up these two ACC games will be critical for the Cavaliers, as they seek to capture the ACC regular season title.

—compiled by Hunter Ostad

Women’s Tennis

What: No. 15 Virginia (11-9, 6-5 ACC) vs. No. 30 Virginia Tech (14-5, 7-3 ACC)

When: Sunday; 1 p.m.

Where: Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center; Blacksburg, Va.

The Skinny: No. 15 Virginia is set to travel over to Blacksburg to take on in-state rival No. 30

Virginia Tech. The match is scheduled to be the Hokies’ senior day, so it ought to be a day rife with emotion and passion.

Virginia Tech will be coming into the game confident and with plenty of momentum, as they are coming off an impressive 4-3 win against the Georgia Tech team that the Cavaliers lost to in heartbreaking fashion to last Sunday.

The top player on Virginia Tech’s singles ladder, junior Francesca Fusinato, is a player to watch on Sunday. Fusinato has been playing great tennis recently and will certainly be a challenge for Virginia senior Danielle Collins.

This could be a huge, confidence-boosting match for the Cavaliers who have not been playing their best recently. A win over their in-state rival could change that.

—compiled by Hunter Ostad

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