In the last decade, the Virginia Cavaliers have done just about everything you can do in college tennis.
They've ruled the Atlantic Coast Conference with an iron fist. They've drawn more fans than virtually anybody else. They've won national singles championships (two by Somdev Devvarman). They've won national doubles crowns. They've won national team indoor crowns.
But somehow, despite knocking on the door every year, they've never won the NCAA outdoor crown. Will that change this season?
Soon, we'll find out their road to Athens, where 16 teams and the nation's best singles and doubles players will gather to chase NCAA glory.
It's 99-percent certain that U.Va. will be one of the 16 hosts of four-team men's regionals, andthe U.Va. women also have a good chance of being at home for a regional.
The regionals will be held from May 11-13 around the country.
There are plenty of questions about the field, which will be revealed online at NCAA.com.
The NCAA's broadcast schedule lists Tuesday as when the team brackets will be unveiled. (Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas won't be around to give their opinions, but it's still fun.)
At 5 p.m., the women's field will come out. At 5:30, the men's draw will be shown.
Here's a synopsis of what we can expect 'round these parts, based on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and conference tournaments. The ITA rankings will be revised April 30, the day before the selection show, based on results from league tournaments on April's last weekend.
Who's in: No. 4 Virginia (ACC champion), No. 8 Duke (certain at-large), No. 17 North Carolina (certain at-large, possible regional host), No. 31 VCU (CAA champion), No. 75 Radford (Big South champion). College of Charleston (Southern Conference champion, coached by former Virginia Tech player Jay Bruner).
Who might be in: No. 30 Florida State (almost-certain at-large pick), No. 39 N.C. State (possible at-large), No. 44 UNC Wilmington (CAA runner-up, possible at-large), No. 45 Virginia Tech (possible at-large).
Who's in the top 75 but seems out: No. 60 Georgia State (CAA semifinalist), No. 62 Georgia Tech (lost in ACC first round), No. 67 Clemson, No. 68 Miami, No. 71 Wake Forest.
Who's in: No. 3 Duke (ACC champion), No. 7 North Carolina (ACC runner-up, certain at-large), No. 10 Miami (certain at-large), No. 14 Virginia (certain at-large), No. 24 Georgia Tech (certain at-large), No. 44 VCU (CAA champion), No. 60 College of Charleston (Southern Conference champion).
Who might be in: No. 35 Florida State.
Who's in the top 75 but seems out: No. 64 Georgia State (CAA runner-up, held team match point vs. VCU but lost 4-3), No. 75 Boston College.
Wednesday, the individual singles and doubles qualifiers will be announced, starting with the women at 6 p.m. and followed by the men.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun