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May 1, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia men’s tennis players Michael Duquette (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) were one of 32 teams selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA doubles championship, while Stewart was one of 64 individuals selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA singles championship. The tournaments will run from May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. and will determine the 2003 NCAA Singles and Doubles National Champions.

Stewart becomes the first Cavalier to qualify for the NCAA singles championship since Brian Vahaly reached the finals of the event in 2001. Stewart was an All-ACC honoree and named as the conference’s Rookie of the Year. He has a 27-7 record in singles, including a 21-4 mark at the No. 1 position in dual matches. He is currently ranked No. 46 in the nation.

Stewart and Duquette are coming off a strong year in which they posted a 16-7 record overall, and a 15-6 mark at the No. 1 position in dual matches. They are currently ranked a career-high No. 23 in the nation.

“I am pleased for Mike and Doug that they will be competing at the NCAA Championships,” stated Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “As a fourth-year, Mike has put a lot of effort into this program and for him to finish his career at the NCAA Championships is a great reward. For Doug, to have a chance to participate in both the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments as a first-year is a great opportunity.”

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