April 20, 2005
CARY, N.C. – The Virginia men’s tennis team was well represented on the 2005 All-ACC Team, announced Wednesday night at the annual ACC Championship banquet. Six Cavaliers were named to the 18-player All-ACC squad, while Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) was named ACC Freshman of the Year and Brian Boland was named ACC Coach of the Year.
Virginia’s six selections to the All-ACC team was the most for one school since Clemson also had six players recognized in 1985. Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) was recognized for the third consecutive season and Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) earned All-ACC honors for the second straight year. Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) earned their first All-ACC honors as did first-years Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.).
Devvarman was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, becoming the third Cavalier to win the award. Brian Vahaly won the award in 1998 and Stewart won it two years ago. Devvarman has a 34-6 singles record this season, and is just one win away from tying the Virginia freshman record for wins set by Rizza two years ago. Currently, Devvarman is ranked No. 26 in singles and No. 47 in doubles with Huey.
Boland became the first Virginia tennis coach to be named ACC Coach of the Year. He ed the Cavaliers to their first ever undefeated ACC regular season and a school record No. 2 ranking this season.
The top seeded Cavaliers (21-2, 9-0) open play at the ACC Tournament on Friday in the quarterfinals after a first round bye. Virginia will take on the winner of Thursday’s Virginia Tech/Miami match at the Cary Tennis Center at 9:00 a.m. Friday.