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Big Weekend for Wake Forest Athletics

There are a lot of Wake Forest teams in action this weekend, with postseason berths on the line.

Dean Shore

On what is seemingly a regular, mundane, and rainy Friday in Winston-Salem, it is actually a pretty big day and weekend for a few different Wake Forest athletic teams.

Both Men's and Women's Tennis teams are playing in the ACC Tournament today, and hopefully through the weekend should they keep winning.

The No. 11 ranked Men's Golf Team tees off at 11:30 in the ACC Tournament at Old North State Club in New London, NC, where they seek their 5th tournament title of the year.

Last, but not least, the Men's Baseball Team hosts a pivotal 3 game series against No. 14 North Carolina, where taking 2/3 would tremendously bolster its postseason odds.

Let's take a look at each sport and get a brief preview as to what to expect!

Men's Tennis (vs. No. 7 Notre Dame 12 P.M. Friday, 2 P.M Saturday, 2 P.M. Sunday)

The Men's Tennis team opens up its ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, where it will take on No. 7 Notre Dame, who defeated No. 10 Duke yesterday afternoon. All matches will take place in Cary, NC. The Deacs received a double-bye as the two seed, and should it defeat Notre Dame today, will face off against the winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech on Saturday at 2 P.M.

Notre Dame defeated Duke 4-1, with straight set singles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3, while clinching the match at the No. 6 after winning the doubles point. The Deacs defeated Notre Dame 7-0 earlier this season, and defeated potential opponents Florida State 7-0, and Virginia Tech 4-3 as well.

Last season the Deacs made it to the ACC Tournament Finals, where it fell at the nine-time defending ACC Champion Virginia Cavaliers. Should Wake Forest make it through to Sunday for the Championship Match, it will take place at 2 P.M.

All matches on Saturday and Sunday will be streamed live by WatchESPN.

Women's Tennis (vs. No. 1 North Carolina 12 P.M., 10 A.M. Saturday, 10 A.M. Sunday)

The No. 8 ranked Women's Team defeated No. 9 Virginia Tech 4-0 yesterday to advance to quarterfinals action vs. the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels.

In a big match yesterday for NCAA seeding purposes, No. 28 nationally Wake Forest took care of No. 32 nationally Virginia Tech. The Deacs won the doubles point, and then got wins on No. 1, 4, and 5 in the singles to win the match.

Today is a tall task for the team as it faces North Carolina, one of the best teams in the country. Should it defeat the Tar Heels, the team will move on to the semifinals tomorrow morning at 10 A.M to face the winner of the No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Virginia matchup.

Men's Golf (All weekend at Old North State Club, 11:30 A.M, Saturday/Sunday TBD based on Friday scores)

The No. 11 Wake Forest Men's Golf team looks to get the monkey that is Old North State Club of its back this weekend and win its fifth title of the season. The Deacs amazingly have not won an ACC Tournament since 1989, which is hard to believe given the players who have come through the program over the past 25 years. Last year Wake Forest finished 8th in the tournament, 24 shots behind champion Georgia Tech.

The Deacs have had one of the best year's in school history, winning four events to this point.  Wake Forest leads the ACC historically with 18 team and 22 individual titles at the ACC Championship. The lineup this weekend will consist of: Will Zalatoris, David Womble, Paul McBride, Cameron Young, and Kyle Sterbinsky.

You can follow along live at Golfstat, and WatchESPN will air second and final round coverage beginning at 3 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

Baseball (No. 14 UNC, 6 P.M Friday, 4 P.M Saturday, and 1 P.M Sunday, weather permitting)

The Wake Forest Baseball Team (23-17, 7-11 in the ACC) started off the year hot, but cooled off in the middle of ACC play before ramping it back up this past weekend, taking 2 out of 3 from No. 9 Florida State. The Deacs followed that up with a 15-9 win midweek vs. Appalachian State.

This weekend the Deacs welcome No. 14 North Carolina (26-12, 9-9) to Winston-Salem, where a win or two would go a long way in improving both ACC and NCAA Tournament selection chances. Wake Forest is 16-5 at home this year, and realistically need to win about 10-11 of their 16 remaining games to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament.

With a season-ending series against 30-7 Louisville, the easiest path would be to take one game this weekend, sweep either Virginia Tech or Boston College, win two games against the team that isn't swept, take one from Louisville, and then win each of the final four non-conference games.

That would get to 11 wins (34 overall), place the Deacs squarely in the ACC Tournament, and open up conversation for NCAA Regional play.

If you haven't gotten out to David Couch Ballpark, this weekend is the best time to do so. It's a huge series against a nationally ranked rival, and perfect weather the next two days to enjoy!