Vahaly Named to ITA All-America Squad
June 9, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – University of Virginia men’s tennis player Brian Vahalycapped off an outstanding 199 season by being named to the 1999Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Team announcedrecently.
Vahaly, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., is the first player in the program’shistory named an All-America. A two-time All-ACC selection, Vahaly set aschool record this season for wins in a season, finishing with a 29-9record.
Already one of the top players in school history, Vahaly has participatedin the singles competition of the NCAA Championships the last two years andhas been instrumental in the Cavaliers’ rise in the national rankings. Thisyear’s team finished with a 14-10 record and was ranked 29th in the finalITA poll, the highest final rank in the program’s history.
Vahaly completed the year ranked 16th nationally in singles, the highestfinal rank ever for a Virginia player. He also teamed with fellow sophomoreHuntley Montgomery and was ranked 18th nationally in doubles.
Three criteria were used to select the ITA All-America team-a top-16 seedin the NCAA Singles Championships, or advancing to the round of 16 at theNCAA Singles Championships, or finishing in the top-20 in the final ITArankings.