UVa Men's Tennis Hosting Stanford in NCAA Tournament Round of 16
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Thanks to a change in NCAA rules, the Virginia men's tennis team will be playing on its home court in the round of sixteen this weekend, as the 5-seed Cavaliers host 12-seed Stanford.
The NCAA adopted a Super Regional format for the tournament this season, meaning teams are still playing on campus this round, rather than at the national championship site.
UVa was knocked out in the second round last season, which ended a run of thirteen consecutive appearances in the Round of 16.
"Super proud of this team," says senior Aswin Lizen. (Head coach Andres Pedroso) has done a great job with helping us improve after last year. We're excited to have the opportunity to play at home in a Round of 16 match. It's the first time that's ever happened with this new format."
Assistant coach Scott Brown says, "It's great to be back, but we still have unfinished business. We are used to advancing from this round. This team has learned a lot. This team has really grown a lot from last year. All the lessons were learned from last year are only going to help us in the Sweet Sixteen this weekend."
The Wahoos are 30-0 all-time on their home court in the NCAA Tournament.
Lizen says, "It's a confidence boost, definitely. Playing at home, whether it's at the Boar's Head, or at Snyder, is a huge advantage. The fan support is always great, so can't complain. It's good."
Brown adds, "It's a huge advantage to host the first three rounds. It's always nice to be at home. We have some of the best fans in college tennis. We've always have, since I've been a part of the program. We're really looking forward to playing at home on Saturday against Stanford."
Virginia and Stanford are scheduled to play on Saturday at 1pm at the Snyder Tennis Center.