Men's Tennis Advances to National Team Indoor Semifinals

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Lee Singer once again came through for the Cavaliers.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Lee Singer once again came through for the Cavaliers.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 17, 2007

CHICAGO - The No. 3 Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships this morning with a hard-fought victory over No. 4 Mississippi, 4-3, at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Ill.

Virginia once again got on the scoreboard first by taking the doubles point. At the No. 3 position, the team of Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) fell to Jonas Berg and Karl Norberg, 8-6, in the first completed doubles match. Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) defeated Erling Tveit and Eric Claesson, 8-6, at the No. 1 position to even the doubles matches. In the deciding doubles match the team of Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Dominic Inglot (London, England) downed Jakob Klaeson and Matthias Wellerman, 9-8(5), to clinch the doubles point for the Cavaliers.

The singles matches provided plenty of drama as five of the six matches went to three sets. At the No. 4 position, Robbye Poole defeated Barrick, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the only straight set singles victory. No. 10 Huey made the team score 2-1 in favor of Virginia as he defeated Claesson, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at the No. 2 position. The Rebels re-tied the score as Wellerman downed Inglot, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 at the No. 3 slot. No. 8 Devvarman once again gave Virginia the lead as he defeated Tveit, 7-6(2), 0-6, 6-4. Norberg made it three-all as he defeated Angelinos at the No. 5 position, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Singer found himself in a familiar situation as the team's hopes rested on his match. And much like the team's victory against VCU, Singer proved his mettle. He rallied and defeated Klaeson, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5), to clinch the overall victory for the Hoos and send the Cavaliers to the NTI semifinals.

 

 

The Cavaliers next face the winner of No. 1 seed Georgia and No. 9 seed Pepperdine, tomorrow at noon CT. Virginia returns home to face Pepperdine on Feb. 23 and Boise State on Feb. 24.

No. 3 Virginia 4, No. 4 Mississippi 3

Doubles:
1. No. 7 Somdev Devvarman/Treat Huey (UVA) def. Erling Tveit/Eric Claesson (OMISS) 8-6
2. Dominic Inglot/Houston Barrick (UVA) def. Jakob Klaeson/Matthias Wellerman (OMISS) 9-8(5)
3. Jonas Berg/Karl Norberg (OMISS) def. Ted Angelinos/Lee Singer (UVA) 8-6

Order of finish: 3,1,2

Singles:
1. No. 8 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. No. 40 Erling Tveit (OMISS) 7-6(2), 0-6, 6-4
2. No. 10 Treat Huey (UVA) def. Eric Claesson (OMISS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3. Matthias Wellerman (OMISS) def. Dominic Inglot (UVA) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
4. No. 79 Robbye Poole (OMISS) def. Houston Barrick (UVA) 7-6(5), 6-3
5. Karl Norberg (OMISS) def. Ted Angelinos (UVA) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
6. Lee Singer (UVA) def. No. 75 Jakob Klaeson (OMISS) 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

Order of finish: 4,2,3,1,5,6