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April 15, 2004

RALEIGH, NC – Two members of the Virginia men’s tennis team were named to the ACC All-Conference team league officials announced on Thursday. Second-years Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) and Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) were named to the 18-player squad.

Stewart earned All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season. This year he has posted a 20-7 overall record, including a 13-6 record at No. 1 singles. Stewart is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation in singles and has defeated two top 15 players in the past week.

Rizza earns All-ACC honors for the first time in his career. This year he has posted a 21-9 overall singles record, 16-6 in dual matches and a perfect 8-0 record in the ACC to capture the ACC flight 2 championship. Rizza has also teamed with Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) in doubles and earned a No. 31 national ranking.

This season marks the first time Virginia has placed two players on the All-ACC team since Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery in 2001.

The Cavaliers (19-3, 7-1 ACC) were co-champions of the ACC regular season. They will be the No. 2 seed at the ACC Tournament having lost the tiebreaker (head to head) with fellow ACC co-champion North Carolina. Virginia will open with No. 7 seeded Florida State at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C.

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