Charlottesville, VA– The Irish venture to No. 37 Virginia for the first match of the last road stretch of the 2020 campaign. Notre Dame is coming off of a 4-0 sweeping victory over ACC contender, Louisville, on Friday. The Irish hope to do the same as they battle it out with the another ACC foe, the Cavaliers.
So far this season, the Cavaliers have gone 7-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play, with the Irish hoping to add another loss to their record. Notre Dame and Virginia have met 27 times over the years, only one match resulting in a thrilling Irish victory last year at home, 4-3. The Irish have opened ACC play with two straight wins, downing Boston College 5-0 before clinching a 4-0 home win over No. 47 Louisville.
Notre Dame has two singles players and two doubles teams nationally ranked. Richard Ciamarra, the current ACC Co-Player of the Week, comes in at No. 10 in the national rankings but expects to move up a bit after downing No. 4 Michigan’s No. 17 Andrew Fenty within two easy sets last weekend. Last weeks’ ACC Player of the Week, Tristan McCormick, is ranked No. 98 after consistently excelling in his singles matchups. Tristan McCormick and Richard Ciamarra come in at No. 28 on the doubles team ranking even though they have yet to play together so far this season. Finally, Tristan McCormick and Axel Nefve clinch the No. 29 ranked spot as they defeated Illinois’ best doubles pair, Alex Brown/Aleks Kovacevic 6-3. The Irish duo was also named last week’s ACC Doubles Team of the Week. Virginia is ranked No. 37 in the ITA rankings for the second-consecutive week. Carl Söderlund is the sole ranked singles player for the Cavaliers as he sits at No. 97. At the moment, Virginia does not have a doubles pair ranked.
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Sunday’s match is slated for 12 p.m. ET at their outdoor complex, Snyder Tennis Center.