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Jan. 29, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the 2000 spring season opener for both teams,the University of Virginia men’s tennis team defeated Pennsylvania 7-1Saturday evening at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.Virginia is currently ranked 23rd in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association(ITA) Fall rankings, which were released in December.

The Cavaliers got off to a great start in the match as they earned two teampoints by sweeping all three doubles matches. Virginia then won five ofsix singles matches for the 7-1 victory.

UVa’s #1 doubles team of third-years Brian Vahaly (Atlanta, Ga./The LovettSchool) and Huntley Montgomery (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill), ranked 23rdby the ITA, defeated Penn’s Brett Meringoff and Ryan Harwood 8-4.

Fourth-year John Winter (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s) and third-yearTommy Croker (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens), who are 9th in the ITArankings, beat the Quakers’ Robert Pringle and Brian Barki 8-2 at #2doubles. In the #3 doubles match, the Cavalier tandem of third-yearsRobert Abendroth (Lafayette, La./St. Stephens) and Brian Hunter (ChapelHill, N.C./Chapel Hill) posted an 8-1 victory over Eric Sobotka and TylerAnderson.

In singles action, Vahaly, the ITA’s third-ranked singles player, defeatedFrantisek Stejskal 6-1, 6-0 at #1. Montgomery, ranked 41st in the nation,posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Meringoff at #2 singles. At #3 singles, Winterposted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Harwood, while Croker won 6-3, 6-0 over Sobotkaat #4. Hunter rounded out UVa’s singles winners with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at#5. The lone Penn winner was Barki, who defeated UVa second-year JasonRomesburg (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) 6-4, 6-4 at #6 singles.

The match was played using a new experimental format that is designed toshorten men’s collegiate tennis matches. In doubles play, an eight-gamepro set is used for each of the three matches. If one team sweeps allthree matches it receives two team points. Otherwise the team that winstwo matches receives one point. In singles play, the six matches willconsist of two sets with each win worth one team point. If a singles matchis tied after two sets, a 10-point tie-breaker is played in lieu of a thirdset.

Virginia 7, Pennsylvania 1

1. Brian Vahaly (UVa) def. Frantisek Stejskal (UPenn), 6-1, 6-0
2. Huntely Montgomery (UVa) Brett Meringoff (UPenn), 6-0, 6-1
3. John Winter (UVa) def. Ryan Harwood (UPenn), 6-1, 6-2
4. Tommy Croker (UVa) def. Eric Sobotka (UPenn), 6-3, 6-0
5. Brian Hunter (UVa) def. Rob Pringle (UPenn), 6-3, 6-0
6. Brian Barki (UPenn) def. Jason Romesburg (UVa), 6-4, 6-4

1. Montgomery and Vahaly (UVa) def. Meringoff and Harwood (UPenn), 8-4
2. Croker and Winter (UVa) def. Pringle and Barki (UPenn), 8-2
3. Robert Abendroth and Hunter (UVa) def. Sobotka and Tyler Anderson(UPenn), 8-1

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