Big weekend awaits fifth-ranked Wahoos

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Second place in the ACC men's tennis standings will be on the line Friday afternoon in Charlottesville.

No. 5 Virginia and No. 9 North Carolina are both 8-2 entering the final weekend of the regular season. They will meet for the first time this year when the Tar Heels visit UVA on Friday afternoon.

"This is what it's all about," UVA men's tennis coach Andres Pedroso said Thursday at practice. "This is why I chose to come here a year and a half ago. This is why all these guys decided to be Virginia Cavaliers, because we're playing the toughest competition in the country. Playing the biggest matches in college tennis."

The winner will have the inside track on the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament in Cary, NC. Both teams end the regular season on Sunday, with the Wahoos hosting Virginia Tech and UNC visiting Louisville.

Seniors Henrik Wiersholm and Aswin Lizen will be honored during a pre-match ceremony before facing the Hokies on Sunday.

The Cavaliers have won five in a row since a 6-1 loss at Wake Forest -- who at 10-0 in conference play, has already clinched the ACC's regular season title -- on St. Patrick's Day. Pedroso credited the resiliency he has seen from his team this spring.

He'll need to see more of that resiliency on Friday against the Tar Heels.

"It gives a coach peace of mind that every court, every guy that you're going to put on the court is going to compete to the best of their ability, and they take pride in wearing the orange and blue," Pedroso said. "If you can build a team and a culture of guys that are going to play the match together and fight as hard as they can, that's kind of the ideal situation."

"And luckily I have that this year with these guys, and that's a credit to them and their friendships, and how much they've put into this process."



 
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