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Feb. 18, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Virginia men’s tennis team suffered a 4-1 loss Friday night to Washington in the round of 16 of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus. The loss drops the Cavaliers’ record to 7-4 on the season, and marks their first two-match losing streak since the 2004 season.

The Huskies (7-0) opened the match by taking the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Washington won at No. 1 doubles where Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic topped Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) 8-3. At No. 3 doubles, Jean-Noel Insausti and Mike Ricks defeated Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) 8-5. Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) were leading 7-5 at No. 2 doubles when their match was abandoned.

In singles, the Huskies increased their lead to 3-0 with a pair of straight set wins. Klaus Junk defeated Jarrett Chirico (Sarasota, Fla.) at No. 6 singles and Insausti defeated Huey at No. 3 singles. The Cavaliers needed to win the final four matches on the courts to rally for the victory, and won the first set in each match in a tiebreaker. However, the Huskies rallied to force a third set in all four matches. Virginia won the first of those three set matches as Rizza defeated Andy Kuharszky at No. 4 singles. Minutes later, the Huskies clinched the win as Chu defeated Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) at the No. 5 position. The final two matches were abandoned.

The Cavaliers will play in the consolation bracket Saturday against Arkansas, a 4-0 loser to Illinois Friday. That match will start at 5:30 p.m. PT at the Seattle Tennis Center.

No. 14 Washington 4, No. 11 Virginia 1

1) #45 Chu/Slovic (UW) def. #35 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) 8-3
2) Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) led Jank/Kuharszky (UW) 7-5 DNF
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. #25 Cohen/Stewart (UVa) 8-5
Order of finish – 1,3

1. #32 Alex Slovic (UW) led #10 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) 6-7, 7-5, 2-1 DNF
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) led Doug Stewart (UVa) 6-7, 6-4, 4-3 DNF
3. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. #6 Treat Huey (UVa) 6-3, 6-3
4. #53 Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
5. Daniel Chu (UW) def. #46 Marko Miklo (UVa) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
6. #80 Klaus Jank (UW) def. Jarrett Chirico (UVa) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish – 6,3,4,5

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