Virginia Men's Tennis Falls to Southern California, 4-0, in NCAA First Round Match
May 12, 2001
Oxford, Miss. – The University of Virginia men’s tennis team lost its first round match in the 2001 NCAA Men’s Division I Tennis Championships, 4-0, to the University of Southern California at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss. The loss was the Cavaliers’ third consecutive defeat in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The match marked the final collegiate match in the careers of seniors Tommy Croker (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens) and Brian Hunter (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill).
UVa lost the doubles point despite winning handily, 8-3, at the No. 2 doubles slot. The Cavaliers fell at No. 1 and No. 2 to drop the doubles point and fall into an early 1-0 hole.
In singles, USC captured victories at the No. 3, 4, and 5 slots to cement the 4-0 victory and move into the second round of the Championships. Virginia trailed at No. 1, 2 and 6, but those matches were suspended once the Trojans clinched the victory.
With the loss, the ‘Hoos finish their 2001 campaign with a 14-8 overall record. Fourth-years Brian Vahaly (Atlanta, Ga./ The Lovett School) and Huntley Montgomery (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) were invited to take part in the NCAA Individual Championships, which will take place May 23-38 in Athens, Ga. Vahaly, who did not finish his match at No. 1 singles, will play in the singles draw. He will team with Montgomery in the doubles draw.
USC 4, Virginia 0
Doubles 1. Rainey/Moore (USC) def. Vahaly/Montgomery (UVa), 8-5.
2. Croker/Duquette (UVa) def. Park/Spizzo (USC), 8-3.3. Collins/Torres (USC) def. Jonathan Chou/Hunter (UVa), 8-6.
Singles 1. Brian Vahaly (UVa) vs. Andrew Park (USC), DNF.
2. Huntley Montgomery (UVa) vs. Ryan Moore (USC), DNF.3. Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Tommy Croker (UVa), 6-3, 6-3.
4. Nick Rainey (USC) def. Michael Duquette (UVa), 6-4, 6-1.5. Ruben Torres (USC) def. Brian Hunter (UVa), 6-1, 6-1.
6. Jason Romesburg (UVa) vs. Parker Collins (USC), DNF.