April 13, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- The Streak began on May 14, 2006, at the Boar's Head Sports Club, where the UVa men's tennis team edged Wake Forest 4-2 in a fiercely contested match in the NCAA tournament's second round.
When it will end, no one knows. Virginia hosts Georgia Tech at noon Saturday, and by 3 p.m. Brian Boland's team almost certainly will have recorded its 101st consecutive victory against ACC competition.
No. 100 came Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center, where top-ranked UVa handled No. 25 Clemson 7-0 on a breezy, sunny spring afternoon.
In ACC history, only one program in any sport has had a longer winning streak. Duke won 116 straight matches in women's tennis from 1989 to 2000.
"It says a lot for what [Coach] Boland's done for the program, for what the past players have done, and for what we're doing. I think it's pretty cool as a recruiting tool for the players coming in as well."
Among those attracted by the Wahoos' sustained success was Mac Styslinger, a freshman from Birmingham, Ala. Styslinger has been around for only seven of the 100 consecutive ACC victories, but he clinched the historic win for the Wahoos (18-0 overall) on Friday with a two-set win at No. 5 singles.
"Honestly, I didn't even know," Styslinger said. "I wasn't looking at the scoreboard, so it was kind of cool to realize, once I finished, that I clinched. Really cool."
Among those who stopped by to watch Friday were UVa athletics director Craig Littlepage, men's basketball coach Tony Bennett and assistants Jason Williford and Ron Sanchez, field hockey coach Michele Madison, assistant football coach Anthony Poindexter, former men's tennis coach Gordon Burris and several current student-athletes, among them All-American women's soccer player Morgan Brian.
Nothing they saw should have surprised them. Clemson (15-5, 4-3) is a strong team, but there was little suspense in this one, as is usually the case when Virginia takes on an ACC opponent.
This is Boland's 12th season at UVa, and his team hasn't lost to an ACC foe since falling 4-3 to Duke in the final of the 2006 conference tournament.
Along the way, he's coached such standouts as Somdev Devvarman, Marko Miklo, Doug Stewart, Treat Huey, Dominic Inglot, Sanam Singh, Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney. Devvarman was a two-time NCAA singles champion. Inglot and Shabaz won an NCAA doubles title, as did Courtney and Shabaz. Virginia's current stars include Jenkins, junior Alex Domijan and sophomore Mitchell Frank.
"It's a great thrill for us," Boland said of the program's latest milestone. "It's a tribute to a lot of players that have come through this program and that are still here, their willingness to come out and put the orange and blue on every day and compete and work hard, day in and day out, and practice, and not only make themselves better, but make others around them better.
"It's been a great journey, and hopefully we're just getting started."
Jenkins said: "Our goal right now is the NCAA title, so 100 helps on the way."
UVa, of course, advanced to the NCAA final in 2011 and again last year, losing to Southern California each time. In February, however, the Cavaliers beat the Trojans 4-2 in Seattle to capture the ITA national indoor title for the fifth time.
"We've had a ton of consistency from the beginning of the season all the way to now," Jenkins said. "It's a long season, and to be able to stay strong like we're doing, I'm sure our opponents feel that."
Of Virginia's 100 consecutive ACC victories, only 10 have been by a 4-3 score. Seventy-three have come in the regular season, 18 in the ACC tournament, eight in the NCAAs and one in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Boland said Wednesday that his teams' ability to avoid letdowns is "the single thing that I'm most proud of with our program, outside of the players' success in life and academics and the way they conduct themselves. In terms of our tennis, and the success we've had as a program, it's just the consistency.
"There's a culture of competitiveness here. There's an environment within our program that when you put the orange and blue on, you come to play, you focus, you're there to work."
VIRGINIA 7, CLEMSON 0
Doubles -- 1) No. 2 Jenkins/Styslinger (UVa) def. No. 22 Y. Maden/D. Maden 9-8(4) 2) No. 13 Frank/Domijan (UVa) def. Rigsby/Wibowo 9-8(4) 3) No. 31 Justin Shane/J.Uriguen (UVa) def. Harrington/Meza 8-3
1) No. 2 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. No. 24 Yannick Maden 6-3, 7-6(6)
2) No. 1 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. Hunter Harrington 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-3
3) No. 37 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. Gerardo Meza 6-3, 6-0
4) No. 49 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Dominique Maden 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
5) No. 22 Mac Styslinger (UVa) def. Zachary Rigsby 7-6(6), 6-4
6) Julen Uriguen (UVa) def. Austin Ansari 6-0, 6-2
Weekend Notebook: Perrantes Hits HomestretchMen's Basketball2/24/17For point guard London Perrantes, the final regular-season road game of his UVA basketball career is Saturday afternoon at NC State.Casey's Return Buoys CavaliersBaseball2/22/17Derek Casey, who missed the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched five strong innings in No. 14 Virginia's home opener.Perrantes Searching for AnswersMen's Basketball2/21/17Senior point guard London Perrantes has made only 16 of 58 shots (27.6 percent) from the floor in his past four games, all Virginia losses.
Director of News Content
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.
Five Cavaliers Named to ITA Indoors All-Tournament Team
M. Tennis | 2/23/2017
The Cavaliers had four players named to the All-Tournament team in singles while two doubles...
Virginia Wins ITA National Team Indoor Championship
M. Tennis | 2/20/2017
The Virginia men's tennis team clinched its sixth ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-...
Jeff White: 'Hoos Savor Latest ITA Title
M. Tennis | 2/20/2017
In men's tennis, Virginia won its sixth ITA National Team Indoors Championship, defending Ohio...
J.C. Aragone Named ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
M. Tennis | 2/21/2017
Senior J.C. Aragone was named the ACC Men's Tennis Player of the Week after helping the Cavaliers...
UVA Advances to ITA Indoors Final with 4-0 Win over UNC
M. Tennis | 2/19/2017
The Cavaliers defeated No. 5 UNC 4-0 to advance to Monday's 11 a.m. championship match against...
Virginia Advances to ITA Indoor Semifinals
M. Tennis | 2/18/2017
The Virginia men's tennis team defeated No. 7 UCLA 4-0 on Saturday and will face No. 5 North...
No. 1 Virginia Opens ITA Indoors with 4-0 Win
M. Tennis | 02/17/2017
The Cavaliers downed Utah State, 4-0, and will now face No. 7 UCLA on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in...
No. 1 Virginia Hosts ITA Indoor Championship
M. Tennis | 02/16/2017
The top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers open action at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on...
- Online Stores