No. 5 men’s tennis sweeps ACC play over the weekend, defeating No. 44 Georgia Tech and Clemson

The Cavaliers finish their three-game homestand against Duke on Friday

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Sophomore Matthew Lord sealed Virginia's win over Georgia Tech Friday with a singles victory.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

Following their loss against No. 2 Wake Forest, the No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (14-3, 5-2 ACC) headed back to Charlottesville this past weekend to start a three-game ACC homestand to face No. 44 Georgia Tech (8-7, 3-3 ACC) and Clemson (8-12, 1-6 ACC). 

Georgia Tech entered the match Friday with a two-game winning streak, having defeated No. 11 North Carolina and Duke in Atlanta. However, the Cavaliers got off to a quick start against the Yellow Jackets, sweeping them for the doubles point. No. 11 junior Carl Soderlund fed off this momentum, defeating No. 30 sophomore Carlos Divar in straight sets — only giving up three games throughout the match. 

Sophomore Matthew Lord and senior Henrik Wiersholm capped off the day for Virginia with two more straight set victories, as the Cavaliers won their first home match since February. 

Clemson met with the Cavaliers Sunday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center, coming off of a five-game losing streak. Virginia quickly swept Clemson for the doubles point. 

Virginia then rattled off three straight singles wins to seal the victory, with Soderlund and freshman William Woodall posting straight set victories. Although Lord would eventually fall to Clemson’s Carlos Kelaidis in a quick tiebreak to finish the match, Virginia ended the contest with a final score of 6-1. 

Virginia now moves on to play Duke (7-10, 1-5 ACC) at the Snyder Tennis Center Friday, March 29, at 3:00 p.m. before heading to Florida the following weekend to play Florida State and Miami. 

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