Cavalier Men's Tennis Tops Clemson to Stay Unbeaten in ACC
March 26, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 14 ranked Virginia men’s tennis team remained perfect in ACC play with a 6-1 win at Clemson Friday afternoon. The win brings the Cavaliers’ record to 16-1 on the season, continuing the best start in school history. Virginia leads the ACC with a 5-0 conference mark as the Cavaliers’ five match ACC win streak is a school record.
The Cavaliers took an early advantage by taking the doubles point. Virginia secured the point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) and Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) downed Damiisa Robinson and Brett Twente at No. 2 before Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Stephen Rozek (Chardon, Ohio) clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Goran Sterijovski and Ryan Young.
In singles play, the Cavaliers extended their advantage to 2-0 as Cohen cruised past Twente, 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 6 position. Minutes later, Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) increased the Cavalier advantage to 3-0 as he closed out a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sterijovski at No. 2. Miklo then clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Jarmaine Jenkins at No. 3. Stewart, ranked No. 21 nationally, then won at No. 1 singles in a third-set superbreaker, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 over Nathan Thompson. After Young won at No. 5 for Clemson’s lone point of the match, Rozek earned a win at No. 4 when Robinson retired to conclude the match.
“I thought we did a good job of focusing throughout today’s match,” said assistant coach Tony Bresky. “It was a hot day and we are adjusting well to playing outdoors. Winning the doubles point gave us good momentum into singles play.”
The Cavaliers return home on April 3-4 as they host No. 19 North Carolina and No. 11 TCU.
No. 14 Virginia 6, Clemson 1
1. No. 21 Doug Stewart (UVa) def. Nathan Thompson (CU) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
2. Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. Goran Sterijovski (CU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Marko Miklo (UVa) def. Jarmaine Jenkins (CU) 6-3, 7-6
4. Stephen Rozek (UVa) def. Damiisa Robinson (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 3-3 ret.
5. Ryan Young (CU) def. Nick Meythaler (UVa) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Darrin Cohen (UVa) def. Brett Twente (CU) 6-3, 6-0
1. Thompson/Jenkins (CU) def. No. 14 Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) 9-7
2. Cohen/Stewart (UVa) def. Robinson/Twente (CU) 8-4
3. Rozek/Miklo (UVa) def. Sterijovski/Young (CU) 8-6