ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.
Top-ranked Virginia advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament for the fifth consecutive season with a 4-1 victory over Wake Forest Saturday at Sanlando Park. The Cavaliers rallied from losing the doubles point with a strong singles performance to lift them past the Demon Deacons.
“Overall, I thought we played a little bit better today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “Give Wake a lot of credit for playing a tremendous doubles point. I was proud of how the guys responded from that early deficit and played well in singles.”
The Cavaliers fell behind 1-0 by losing the doubles point for just the fifth time this season. Dominic Inglot (London, England) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) scored an 8-5 win over Maruisz Adamski and Carlos Salmon at the No. 2 position. The Demon Deacons drew even with a win at No. 1 doubles as No. 9 Cory Parr and Mariusz Adamski upset No. 1 Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) 8-5. With the opening point on the line, the match at No. 3 doubles went to a tiebreaker as both sides held serve in every game. In the breaker, Wake’s Jason Morganstern and Jonathan Wolff edged Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) 7-5 for the 9-8 win.
Virginia answered with a dominating singles performance. The Cavaliers won all six first sets to take over the momentum in the match. Huey evened the score at 1-1 with his 6-2, 6-1 win over Parr at No. 2 singles. The win was Huey’s 126th career singles win, moving him into sole possession of second place on the UVa career singles win chart, moving past Brian Vahaly and trailing just Devvarman. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) gave Virginia the lead with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Andrew Brasseaux at No. 6 singles just seconds before Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) topped Adamski 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to make the score 3-1. Shabaz clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Morganstern at No. 4 singles, beating Devvarman, who was two points from victory, to the clincher. Angelinos was leading in the second set of his match at No. 5 singles in the other match that was abandoned.
With the victory, Virginia extended its school record winning streak to 27 matches overall and 30 straight against ACC opponents (regular season and posteseason). The Cavaliers also improve to 13-1 at the ACC Tournament since 2004. The win was also Virginia’s third semifinal win over the Demon Deacons in the past four years.
Virginia will meet the winner of Florida State-Miami semifinal winner on Sunday at 11 a.m. No. 1 Virginia 4, No. 28 Wake Forest 1
1. #9 Forman/Parr (WF) def. #1 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) 8-5
2. Shabaz/Inglot (UVa) def. Adamski/Salmon (WF) 8-5
3. Wolff/Morganstern (WF) def. #53 Angelinos/Singer (UVa) 9-8 (5)
1. #1 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) led #72 Steven Forman (WF) 6-4, 6-6 (5-4) DNF
2. #29 Treat Huey (UVa) def. #44 Cory Parr (WF) 6-2, 6-1
3. Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Maruisz Adamski (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. Jason Morganstern (WF) 7-6 (2), 6-4
5. Ted Angelinos (UVa) led Jonathan Wolff (WF) 6-3, 3-2 DNF
6. Houston Barrick (UVa) def. Andrew Brasseaux (WF) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: Doubles- 2,1,3 Singles- 2,6,3,4
Records: Virginia (27-0), Wake Forest (17-10)