Wake Forest Concludes Road Trip at UVA, Virginia Tech
April 5, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will complete its eight-match road trip this weekend with visits to No. 18 Virginia on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and No. 62 Virginia Tech on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Demon Deacons (1-14, 0-5 ACC) last defeated the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-1 ACC) in 2008 and the Hokies (13-5, 2-3 ACC) in 2010. Historically, Wake Forest holds a winning record against both sides, narrowly leading Virginia 24-19 and holding a substantial 22-5 advantage against Virginia Tech.
In their last time out, the Cavaliers pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season by stunning top-ranked North Carolina 4-3 in Chapel Hill on Mar. 30. Later that day, they also swept North Carolina Central 6-0 in the second leg of a doubleheader.
Meanwhile, the Hokies have dropped their previous three matches heading into the weekend. They will host NC State on Friday before welcoming Wake Forest for the Sunday showdown.
Virginia boasts a pair of players in the latest round of ITA singles rankings, including Julia Elbaba at No. 15 and Stephanie Nauta at No. 65. The Cavaliers also have two ranked doubles teams: Erin Vierra and Maci Epstein (No. 12) and Li Xi and Nauta (No. 24).
Wake Forest faced a tall task on its trek to Florida last week due to a rash of forfeits at the bottom of the lineup. The Deacs were forced to forfeit No. 6 singles against Florida State and both Nos. 5 and 6 against Miami, creating a steep uphill climb for the remainder of the matches.
Before retiring due to injury in doubles against Miami, however, Kathryn Talbert picked up the most high-profile win of her career against FSU's Daneika Borthwick, ranked No. 31 in the nation. The victory was also the 100th of Talbert's career; the senior has 60 career doubles wins and 40 victories in singles.
Following the conclusion of the long stretch away from home this weekend, the Demon Deacons will return to action at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex on Saturday, Apr. 13, against Maryland (5-9, 0-4 ACC). Despite losing the previous two matches in the series, Wake Forest still holds a 28-9 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.