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April 15, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The second ranked Virginia men’s tennis team completed the first undefeated ACC season in school history with a 5-2 win over No. 27 Clemson on Friday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. A crowd of over 300 witnessed the Cavaliers record their tenth consecutive win and 14th consecutive home win, both school records.

The Cavaliers (21-2, 9-0 ACC) took the early lead by winning the doubles point. Virginia got a win at No. 2 doubles from Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) at No. 2 doubles over Clement Reix and Sander Koning, 8-1. The Tigers (23-9, 5-4) drew even when Nathan Thompson and Ryan Young upset No. 32 ranked Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) at No. 1 doubles. Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) then clinched the point for the Cavaliers as they topped Ryan Cook and Brett Twente 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, the Tigers tied the dual match at 1-1 when No. 22 ranked Thompson defeated No. 11 ranked Stewart at No. 1 singles. Virginia retook the lead when Cohen completed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Clint Boling at No. 6 singles. That lead was extended minutes later when Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Twente at No. 5 singles. Devvarman clinched the dual match for the Cavaliers when he completed a 6-3, 7-6 win over Koning at the No. 2 position. Rizza added one more match for Virginia, a three set win over Reix at No. 5, before Clemson won the final match on the courts as Young defeated Huey in a superbreaker at No. 5.

“This is one of the best conferences in the nation and to go undefeated through it is a great accomplishment for our program,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “We didn’t play our best as a team today, but we had guys step up and play solid tennis when we needed it. Now we are going to need to step up our play and take it to the next level to be successful in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.”

The Cavaliers will travel to the ACC Tournament next week, held at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, N.C. Virginia will have a first round bye and begin play on Friday in the quarterfinals. The ACC will announce the tournament bracket by Monday.

No. 2 Virginia 5, No. 27 Clemson 2

1. Thompson/Young (Clem) def. #32 Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) 8-2
2. #60 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) def. Reix/Koning (Clem) 8-1
3. Cohen/Stewart (UVa) def. Twente/Cook (Clem) 8-5

1. #22 Nathan Thompson (Clem) def. #11 Doug Stewart (UVa) 6-1, 6-1
2. #17 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) def. Sander Koning (Clem) 6-3, 7-6
3. #59 Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. Clement Reix (Clem) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
4. Ryan Young (Clem) def. Treat Huey (UVa) 6-7, 6-4, 10-1
5. #125 Marko Miklo (UVa) def. Brett Twente (Clem) 6-1, 6-2
6. #50 Darrin Cohen (UVa) def. Clint Boling (Clem) 6-4, 6-3

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