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February 1, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA– The University of Virginia men’s tennis team opened its dual match season with a 5-2 win over Michigan late Saturday night at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club. The Cavaliers’ win was their first since over the Wolverines since 1948. They also avenged a 4-3 loss to Michigan last season.

Virginia got off to a good start by capturing the doubles point. UVa’s top tandem of Huntley Montgomery and Brian Vahaly picked up where they left off last season with an 8-2 win over Matt Wright and Danny McCain.

Vahaly, the nation’s second-ranked player, outlasted Wright in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 for his second win of the day. Montgomery also picked up a singles win with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over John Long at #3.

Hyon Yoo at #4 and Tommy Croker at #5 both dropped their first set before coming back to win for Virginia.

The Cavaliers have several weeks off before returning to action on February 13 against Old Dominion.

#34 Virginia 5, #59 Michigan 2
1 #2 Brian Vahaly (V) def. Matt Wright 7-6(7-5), 6-2
2 William Farah (M) def. John Winter 6-4, 6-7(8-6), 6-1
3 Huntley Montgomery (V) def. John Long 6-3, 6-2
4 Hyon Yoo (V) def. Danny McCain 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
5 Tommy Croker (V) def. Henry Beam 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
6 Ben Cox (M) def. Brian Hunter 6-3, 6-4

1 Montgomery/Vahaly (V) def. Wright/McCain 8-2
2 Croker/Winter (V) def. Farah/Brad McFarlane 8-4
3 Long/Jake Raiton (M) def. Robert Abendroth/Hunter 8-4

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