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Feb. 10, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 ranked Virginia men’s tennis team won its 20th consecutive home match as it downed No. 24 Texas A&M 6-1 Friday night at the Indoor Tennis Stadium at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. It was the third consecutive 6-1 win for the Cavaliers, who improved to 7-2 on the season.

The Cavaliers opened the match strong and swept all three doubles matches to take the opening point. No. 35 ranked Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) got the Cavaliers started with an 8-4 win over Brett Joelson and Conor Pollock at No. 1 doubles. The No. 25 ranked duo of Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) clinched the point with their 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Bryan Wooten and John Nallon. Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) completed the sweep with a tiebreaker win at No. 2 over Jerry Makowski and Matt Bain.

The Cavalier advantage increased to 2-0 when Huey completed a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joelson at No. 4 singles. The Aggies (0-3) got on the scoreboard when No. 16 Makowski defeated Stewart at the No. 1 position. Jarrett Chirico (Sarasota, Fla.) gave the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead win his win over Bain at No. 6 seconds before Devvarman clinched the match at No. 2 singles with his win over Mohamed Dakki. Rizza and Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) closed out the match with wins at No 3 and No. 5 respectively to make the final score 6-1.

A crowd of 541, the second largest of the season, and third largest in school history saw Virginia extend its school record home win streak to 20 matches. The Cavaliers also have now won 28 consecutive matches when winning the doubles point.

“Tonight our fans gave us another tremendous environment to play in,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “The crowd, especially the Hoo Crew students, really gave us a boost in doubles. We didn’t get off to a great start in singles, but we did a good job adjusting and rebounding as the matches went on. Give Texas A&M a lot of credit, they battled hard tonight and played well.”

The Cavaliers close out their four-match homestand Sunday morning when they host No. 20 Texas (2-1), who suffered a 5-2 loss at Duke Friday night. Match time is 10:30 a.m. and admission is free.

No. 6 Virginia 6, No. 24 Texas A&M 1

1) #35 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) def. Joelson/Pollock (TAMU) 8-4
2) Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) def. Bain/Makowski (TAMU) 8-7
3) #25 Cohen/Stewart (UVa) def. Wooten/Nallon (TAMU) 8-3

1) #16 Jerry Makowski (TAMU) def. Doug Stewart (UVa) 7-5, 6-1
2) #10 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) def. Mohamed Dakki (TAMU) 7-6, 6-2
3) #53 Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. John Nallon (TAMU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4) #6 Treat Huey (UVa) def. Brett Joelson (TAMU) 6-3, 6-3
5) #46 Marko Miklo (UVa) def. Conor Pollock (TAMU) 6-2, 6-7, 10-1
6) Jarrett Chirico (UVa) def. Matt Bain (TAMU) 6-0, 6-4

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