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April 19, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The second ranked Virginia men’s tennis team opens postseason play this week as it travels to Cary, N.C. for the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers (21-2, 9-0 ACC) are the tournament’s top seed as they look to repeat as ACC Champions.

Virginia has a first round bye and will begin play on Friday in the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers will meet the winner of Thursday’s first round match between No. 8 seed Virginia Tech (13-10, 4-6) and No. 9 seed Miami (11-10, 2-8). Virginia will play in the first quarterfinal match of the day that will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Cary Tennis Center.

The Cavaliers enter the tournament on a school record ten-match win streak. Virginia has also won a school record 14 consecutive matches against ACC opponents (regular season and tournament).

Virginia has five singles players and two doubles teams that are ranked in the current ITA rankings, released Tuesday. Doug Stewart (#15), Somdev Devvarman (#26), Rylan Rizza (#44), Darrin Cohen (#68), and Marko Miklo (#109) are ranked in singles, and Rizza and Nick Meythaler (#17) and Devvarman and Treat Huey (#47) are ranked in doubles.

The tournament will continue through the weekend at the Cary Tennis Center with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship final on Sunday.

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