2nd Varsity 8+
April 9, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing team hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday, heading to Charlottesville, Va., to take on South Region rivals Virginia and Clemson on Lake Monticello. The Lady Vols return to action to face the Cavaliers and Tigers, last year's South Region champions and runners up, respectively, after a two-week layoff from competition.
The Orange and White is coming off three varsity victories over Alabama on March 28. Tennessee notched wins in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. Following the win over the Crimson Tide, the varsity eight shell enters this week ranked No. 19 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing poll.
Virginia comes into the meet with the No. 13-ranked varsity eight shell after falling to then-No. 16 Ohio State last weekend. The Cavaliers, however, topped the Buckeyes in the novice eight, second novice eight and second four. UVA opened the season at the Pac-10 Challenge in Redwood City, Calif., where it compiled a 7-4 record, sweeping four races against No. 17 UCLA. Last year, Virginia captured its second straight South Region title and finished fifth overall at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
In the afternoon session, Tennessee will face Clemson, which is coming off three wins over Old Dominion on April 4. The Tigers also opened the season at the Pac-10 Challenge on March 28 and 29, claiming wins in five races that weekend. Clemson's varsity eight is ranked 16th in the latest CRCA/USRowing national poll, down two spots from last week. The Tigers edged the Lady Vols at last year's Aramark Sprints, taking second in the South Region and earning an at-large selection for the NCAA Championships, where their varsity eight finished 14th overall.
Tennessee and Virginia will open racing on Saturday at 9 a.m., before the Lady Vols and Tigers meet at 1 p.m.