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Sept. 25, 2005

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The 2005 UVa Fall Invitational concluded on Sunday at the Snyder Tennis Center with Cavalier second-year Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) winning the singles title for the second consecutive year.

“Going into the tournament, I knew there were a lot of great players and it would be a challenging draw,” said Devvarman. “I never thought about defending my title from last season. I just focused on playing well and if I did, the results would come.”

In singles Flight A, Devvarman, ranked No. 12 nationally, defeated No. 8 ranked Arnaud Lecloerec 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinal round Sunday morning. In the afternoon, Devvarman topped No. 26 ranked Luigi D’Agord of Miami 7-6, 6-3. With the wins, Devvarman won the most competitive draw in the tournament’s history as 20 nationally ranked players competed at the event.

“Somdev deserves to be playing this well this early in the season,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “He has been working hard on his game the past few months and has really shown a lot of improvement. He is a great example for the rest of the team.”

In doubles play, the Cavaliers had two teams fall in the Flight A semifinals. No. 11 ranked Devvarman and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) fell to No. 10 ranked Andreas Siljestrom and Marco Born of Middle Tennessee, 8-5. In the other semifinal, Harvard’s No. 33 ranked team of Sasha Ermakov and Ashwin Kumar defeated No. 44 ranked Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) 8-1. In the finals, Ermakov and Kumar scored an 8-6 win.

In the B Flights, William & Mary’s Stephen Ward won the Flight B singles title while the Tribe duo of Ward and Alex Cojanu won the doubles title.

The Cavaliers will return to action in October at the ITA All-America Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

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