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April 24, 1999

NORCROSS, Ga. – The University of Virginia men’s tennis team lost to Duke 4-0in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships today atthe Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga. The loss drops Virginia’srecord to 14-9 overall, while the third-ranked Blue Devils improve to 22-4this season.

Duke jumped to the early lead by capturing the doubles point. TheCavaliers’ tandem of Tommy Croker and John Winter, the ACC champion at #2doubles, defeated the nation’s 44th-ranked team of Doug Root and PedroEscudero 8-3 for the Cavaliers lone triumph. The Blue Devils captured thepoint with wins at #1 and #3.

Duke then extended its winning streak over Virginia to 20 matches in a rowby winning at #3, #4, and #5 singles to close out the match. The Blue Devilline-up features four nationally ranked players and Virginia was not ableto overcome Duke’s powerful singles players.

Ramsey Smith dealt Hyon Yoo just his ninth loss of the year with a 6-0, 6-2win at #4, while Pedro Escudero defeated John Winter for the second time ina week with a 6-4, 6-2 win at #3. Duke clinched the match with AndresPedroso’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Tommy Croker at #5.

The Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals following at 4-0 win over WakeForest on Friday.

The Blue Devils face Georgia Tech in the championship match Sunday at noon.Duke has won the ACC title five of the last six years.

Duke 4, Virginia 0
1-#14 Brian Vahaly (V) vs. #64 Dmitry Muzyka (D), did not finish, matchclinched
2-Huntley Montgomery (V) vs. #28 Doug Root (D), did not finish, match clinched
3-#77 Pedro Escudero (D) def. John Winter 6-4, 6-2
4-#66 Ramsey Smith (D) def. Hyon Yoo 6-0, 6-2
5-Andres Pedroso (D) def. Tommy Croker 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6-Brian Hunter (V) vs. Marko Cerenko (D), did not finish, match clinched

1-#18 Jordan Wile/Muzyka (D) def. #22 Montgomery/Vahaly 8-3
2-Croker/Winter (V) def. #44 Root/Escudero 9-3
3-Smith/Porter Jones (D) def. Hunter/Yoo 9-7

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