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April 5, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team opens a busy week with the first of three conference matches Wednesday when it hosts Maryland at the Snyder Tennis Center. On Friday, the Cavaliers visit Duke before traveling to North Carolina on Sunday.

The Cavaliers (17-2, 5-0 ACC) will take on the Terrapins (8-8, 0-7) beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Virginia has 55 all-time wins over the Maryland, the most over any opponent. On Friday, the Cavaliers will take on No. 5 Duke (15-2, 5-0) in a battle for first-place in the ACC. The Cavaliers and Blue Devils are not only the only two teams undefeated in conference play, but every other team in the ACC has at least two conference losses. On Sunday, Virginia visits No. 40 North Carolina (14-5, 4-2) for its final ACC road match of the year. The Tar Heels are the only ACC team that the Cavaliers have not defeated during Brian Boland’s tenure (0-4). North Carolina handed Virginia its only ACC loss of the last two seasons (5-2 in Charlottesville last season).

In the latest ITA singles and doubles rankings released on Tuesday, the Cavaliers have five singles players and two doubles teams ranked. Doug Stewart (No. 11), Somdev Devvarman (No. 17), Darrin Cohen (No. 50), Rylan Rizza (No. 59), and Marko Miklo (No. 125) all received singles rankings. The teams of Rizza and Nick Meythaler (No. 32) and Devvarman and Treat Huey (No. 60) received doubles rankings.

The Cavaliers return home next week when they host Clemson in the regular season finale at the Snyder Tennis Center on Friday, April 15.

Admission is free at all regular season home men’s and women’s tennis matches.

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