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March 3, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The second ranked Virginia men’s tennis team heads to Texas for ten days where they will play four top-25 opponents. The Cavaliers (10-1) open play on the trip on Friday, March 4 as they visit No. 23 TCU. Virginia will also visit No. 1 Baylor, No. 20 Texas, and No. 11 Texas A&M on the trip.

The Cavaliers are coming off a pair of victories last week. On Friday, they downed Virginia Tech 6-1 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club to open the ACC season. Then on Sunday, the Cavaliers topped No. 24 Notre Dame 4-3 at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

In the first two matches of the trip, the Cavaliers will be looking to avenge losses. Last season, TCU handed Virginia one of its four losses on the season, a 4-2 decision at the Boar’s Head Sports Club last April. Against Baylor, the Cavaliers will look to avenge their only loss of the season, a 4-1 result to the Bears in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships two weeks earlier in Chicago. That match will be the first time No. 1 and No. 2 in the ITA rankings will meet in the regular season since April of 2000 (No. 2 UCLA def. No. 1 Stanford 5-2).

Last season, the Cavaliers topped Texas 5-2 at the Snyder Tennis Center in the only previous meeting between the schools. The match against Texas A&M will be the first all-time meeting between the schools.

The Cavaliers have a school record five players ranked in the top 100 of the ITA singles rankings. 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. 85. The doubles team of Devvarman and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) is ranked No. 23.

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