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Feb. 24, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The second-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team begins its defense of its ACC Championship Friday night when it hosts No. 63 Virginia Tech at the Boar’s Head Sports Club at 6:30 p.m. It is the first conference match of the season for the Cavaliers, the 2004 ACC Champions, and the first-ever ACC match for the Hokies.

The Cavaliers are coming off one of the best weeks in school history when they traveled to Chicago for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The Cavaliers entered the tournament as the No. 9 seed, but defeated three top-ten opponents (No. 7 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Mississippi) to reach the final, before falling to No. 1 and defending NCAA Champion Baylor. With the strong showing at National Indoors, Virginia climbed to a school-record No. 2 in the latest ITA rankings.

In the latest ITA singles and doubles rankings released this week, the Cavaliers tied a school record set earlier this season with five players ranked in singles. Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) is No. 7, Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) is No. 13, Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) is No. 36, Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) is No. 38, and Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) is No. 86. In doubles, the team of Devvarman and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) is No. 23.

All home matches at the Boar’s Head Sports Club and Snyder Tennis Center have free admission.

The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday, February 27 when they travel to Richmond to play No. 24 Notre Dame. The match will be at the Country Club of Virginia and begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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