The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team secured its outright claim to the 2009 ACC regular season championship with a 6-1 win over No. 25 Wake Forest Friday afternoon at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improve to 25-0 and 10-0 in the conference, while the Demon Deacons fall to 17-8 overall and 7-3 in the ACC.
“This was a great win for us against a very good Wake Forest team on the road,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “We are getting better with each match. Today’s match was a reflection of the strong week of practice we had. We are looking forward to completing our regular season tomorrow at NC State.”
The Cavaliers took the 1-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) topped Iain Atkinson and Carlos Salmon 8-2 at the No. 2 position. Virginia clinched the opening point when Dominic Inglot (London, England) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) upset the No.1 ranked team in the nation, Cory Parr and Steve Forman, 8-6 at the top position. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win at No, 3 over David Hopkins and Jonathan Wolff.
Virginia extended its lead to 2-0 early in singles play as Singh cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Forman at the No. 2 position. Courtney extended the Cavaliers’ lead to 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-3 win over Atkinson at No. 5 singles. Shabaz clinched the victory for Virginia with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Wolff at No. 3 singles. Singer added a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jason Morganstern at No. 6 singles and Barrick downed Hopkins 7-6, 6-0 to make the score 6-0. Wake Forest recorded its only win of the day at No. 1, where Parr edged Inglot in a third-set match tiebreaker. In the breaker, Parr had three match pointsm up 9-6, before Inglot won four straight points to have a match point of his own at 10-9. Parr won the final three points to take the breaker 12-10.
The win was Virginia’s 41st consecutive win over an ACC opponent (regular season and tournament).The Cavaliers have now won at least a share of the ACC regular season title every season since 2004.
The Cavaliers conclude their regular season on Saturday as they visit NC State. With a victory, Virginia would complete their third consecutive undefeated ACC regular season and accomplish the feat for the fourth time in the past five years. No. 1 Virginia 6, No. 25 Wake Forest 1
1. #14 Inglot/Shabaz (UVa) def. #1 Parr/Forman (WF) 8-6
2. #6 Barrick/Singh (UVa) def. Atkinson/Salmon (WF) 8-2
3. Singer/Courtney (UVa) def. Wolff/Hopkins (WF) 8-6
1. #21 Cory Parr (WF) def. #17 Dominic Inglot (UVa) 7-6(2), 2-6, 12-10
2. #25 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Steve Forman (WF) 6-2, 6-2
3. #20 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. Jonathan Wolff (WF) 6-3, 6-3
4. #73 Houston Barrick (UVa) def. David Hopkins (WF) 7-6(4), 6-0
5. Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Iain Atkinson (WF) 6-2, 6-3
6. #82 Lee Singer (UVa) def. Jason Morganstern (WF) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish