CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team posted their seventh consecutive 20-win season as they improved to 20-0 this year with a 6-1 victory over No. 62 Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers also improved to 5-0 in the ACC.
“This was a good weekend for us,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “We continue to get better with each match. There are some areas where individually we still need to improve, but as a team we are coming together. Our goal is to be playing our best tennis in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.”
The Cavaliers opened the match by sweeping the three doubles contests. Fourth-ranked Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) opened the match with an 8-6 win over No. 61 Guillermo Gomez and Ryan Smith at No. 1 doubles. No. 13 Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Dominic Inglot (London, England) clinched the opening point for Virginia with their 8-5 win over Doug Kenny and Kevin King at No. 2 doubles. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) completed the sweep with a 9-7 win over Eliot Potvin and Austin Roebuck at the No. 3 position.
In singles, Virginia’s won four matches quickly to wrap up the dual match victory. No. 23 Singh cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Potvin at No. 3 singles. Eighteenth-ranked Shabaz topped Miguel Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Courtney downed Smith 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match. The match at No. 1 singles was a battle of two top-15 players, where No. 15 Inglot downed No. 12 Gomez 6-3, 6-2. The Cavaliers later added a win from Barrick at No. 4 singles, who topped King in a third-set match tiebreaker.
“The guys at No. 1, 2, and 3 singles really came through for us today,” said Boland. “They dominated from start to finish and set an example for their teammates. Georgia Tech is a talented team and we came out focused and got on them early. We are looking forward to another tough ACC road trip next weekend.”
The Cavaliers will visit the Sunshine state next weekend, playing at Miami on Friday and at Florida State on Sunday.
No. 1 Virginia 6, No. 62 Georgia Tech 1
1. #4 Barrick/Singh (UVa) def. #61 Gomez/Smith (GT) 8-6
2. #13 Inglot/Shabaz (UVa) def. Kenny/King (GT) 8-5
3. Courtney/Singer (UVa) def. Potvin/Roebuck (GT) 9-7
1. #15 Dominic Inglot (UVa) def. #12 Guillermo Gomez (GT) 6-3, 6-2
2. #18 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. Miguel Muguruza (GT) 6-2, 6-2
3. #23 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Eliot Potvin (GT) 6-3, 6-1
4. #69 Houston Barrick (UVa) def. Kevin King (GT) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
5. Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Ryan Smith (GT) 6-3, 6-2
6. Dusan Miljevic (GT) def. Steven Eelkman Rooda (UVa) 6-1, 6-2
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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