Scouting UVA and NCSU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The No. 70 Indiana men's tennis team will play a pair of matches down south this weekend against No. 9 Virginia and No. 57 N.C. State. The Hoosiers will face the Cavaliers on Saturday, at 2 p.m., in the Boar's Head Sports Club, and the Wolfpack on Sunday, at 11 a.m., in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. Here is a look at the opponents.
Scouting Virginia and N.C. State:
Virginia, ranked 9th in the nation, is 3-0 on the season after defeating Old Dominion (Jan. 26) and Minnesota (Jan. 29) by identical scores of 7-0, and then-No. 22 Tennessee, 6-1, on Feb. 5. The Cavaliers will host No. 36 Alabama on Friday, Feb. 11, before welcoming the Hoosiers to Charlottesville.
Virginia set a school record with five players ranked in the ITA singles rankings, marking the first time the school has ever had more than two ranked players at one time. Among the five Cavaliers ranked, three were ranked among the nation's top 40 players. Junior Doug Stewart is No. 19, freshman Somdev Devvarman is No. 22, and junior Rylan Rizza is No. 36. Sophomore Marko Miklo rests at No. 62, and freshman Treat Huey is ranked No. 104.
Head coach Brian Boland is in his fourth season at Virginia.
N.C State, ranked 57th in the country, is already 8-0 on the season and will play one more match before its showdown with Indiana. Three of the eight Wolfpacks victories have come by the score of 7-0: Gardner-Webb (Jan. 22), The Citadel (Jan. 23) and North Carolina A&T (7-0). N.C State bested High Point (Jan. 22), Davidson (Jan. 23) and Yale (Feb. 4) by the margin of 6-1 and downed Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-2, on Jan. 30.
The Wolfpack beat then No. 59 Brown, 4-3, in their last outing on Feb. 6, and will host No. 68 Purdue, Feb. 12, before the Hoosiers come to Raleigh.
Senior Conor Taylor is ranked No. 82 in the nation in singles, as he bolsters the top of the Wolfpack lineup.
Jon Choboy is in his third season at the helm of N.C. State.
All-Time Against Southern Foes:
N.C. State leads the all-time series 14-10, but the Hoosiers have claimed the last seven meetings. The teams met the last two seasons, but before that, hadn't faced off since 1971. In the 2004 contest, the Hoosiers claimed all three doubles matches and the six singles contests en route to the victory.
Virginia and Indiana have met just twice, with the Cavaliers winning both contests by the score of 4-3 in 1997 and 2004. In last year's match-up, UVA won the doubles point and captured three of the six singles competitions for the victory. Senior Jakub Praibis defeated Doug Stewart, who at the time was ranked 18th in the country, at the No. 1 singles spot, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
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