May 13, 2008
The Virginia men's tennis team headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, where it will practice for two days before taking the court for the NCAA Tournament round of 16. This marks the Cavaliers fifth consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16, as they look for their first NCAA championship, and the first ever by an ACC school.
First up for Virginia is Michigan, who enters the tournament as the 16th overall seed. Back on February 3, the Wahoos topped the Wolverines, 5-2, though that match was indoors. Michigan topped Western Michigan and Texas Tech to reach the round of 16, where the Wolverines aim to upset the top ranked Cavaliers. The winner of this match will face the victor of eighth seeded Tennessee and ninth seeded Baylor on Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinal.
Virginia marks the only team to have a top eight seed in each of the last five seasons. Last year, they became the first ACC team ever to reach the national semifinal, where the Cavaliers fell to eventual national champion Georgia.