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March 8, 2002

Charlottesville, Va. ? The UVa men’s tennis team, coming off a pair of victories on Wednesday over Liberty (5-1) and Radford (6-0). The Cavaliers open their ACC season Saturday afternoon with a home match against Florida State, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Sheridan Snyder Center.

The Cavaliers are coming off an impressive doubleheader victory this past Wednesday, as they blanked Radford 6-0, and dominated Liberty, 5-1. Of the six Cavalier wins this spring, the Cavaliers have either swept or won all but one singles match in five of those victories.

Florida State holds a slight edge in the all-time series, an 8-7 lead, including a 4-3 victory by the Seminoles in Tallahassee a year ago.

There are currently four players in the Cavalier lineup with 10 or more victories this season, two of them are true freshman. Stephen Nolen leads the team with 13 victories this season, including a team-best nine tournament wins and a 3-1 record at No. 2 singles. Fellow first-year Jay Curtis is right behind him with a 12-4 record. Curtis is 8-3 in tournament play, and has won four of five spring matches. Michael Duquette is at 11-8, and has three consecutive wins at No. 1 singles for the Cavaliers. Also in double-digits is Jason Romesburg, who brings a 12-8 record to the table, including a 3-1 record at No. 3 singles this spring.

Also on a roll is first-year player Dan Lempa. Lempa has won three of his last four matches in the starting lineup, including a 6-0, 6-0 win over Stephen Charver of Norfolk State and a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Radford.

In doubles, the team of Duquette and Nolen has posted a team-best six victories. Jonathan Chou and Romesburg are unbeaten this spring (4-0), and compete primarily at No. 2 doubles, where they are 3-0.

Following its match with Florida State, the Cavaliers will host Georgetown the following Saturday (March 16) at 1 p.m. The next six matches on the slate are all home matches.


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