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Feb. 22, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis team climbed to No. 2 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings announced Tuesday. The ranking is the highest the Cavaliers have ever been ranked, breaking the previous record of No. 8 set last season.

The Cavaliers (8-1) are coming off a second place finish at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships last week in Chicago. Virginia entered the tournament ranked No. 9, but downed No. 7 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA, and No. 6 Mississippi to reach the championship match. The Cavaliers fell to No. 1 Baylor in the final.

The ITA also released the latest singles and doubles rankings on Tuesday. The Cavaliers matched the school record set earlier this season by having five players ranked in singles. Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) led the group with his No. 7 ranking. First-year Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) earned his highest career ranking at No. 13. Third-year Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) received his first career ranking, at No. 36. Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) is No. 38 and Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) is No. 86. In doubles, the team of first years Devvarman and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) are No. 23.

Virginia returns home this Friday, February 25, with its ACC Opener against No. 63 Virginia Tech at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. Time of the match is 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Virginia will play No. 24 Notre Dame on Sunday, February 27, at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond at 1:00 p.m.

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