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March 28, 2006

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The No. 11 ranked Virginia men’s tennis team captured its sixth consecutive victory as it downed No. 62 William & Mary 5-1 Tuesday evening at the Busch Courts in Williamsburg. The match was the final non-conference match of the regular season for the Cavaliers, who improved to 14-5 on the season with the win.

The Cavaliers opened the match by taking the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. The No. 55 ranked team of Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) and Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) got the Cavaliers started with an 8-3 win over No. 42 ranked Alex Cojanu and Billy Mulligan at the No. 1 position. At No. 2 doubles, Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) and Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their 8-6 win over Stephen Ward and Dominic Pagon. Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) and Stephen Rozek (Chardon, Ohio) completed the sweep for Virginia with their 8-5 win over Colin O’Brien and Kavi Sud at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, the Cavaliers quickly made the score 2-0 as Huey cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mulligan at No. 3 singles. Meythaler increased the advantage to 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-2 win over Matt Rubenstein at No. 6 singles. Rizza clinched the dual match for Virginia as he topped Ward 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position. Cohen added the final point of the evening for the Cavaliers as he topped Alexander Zuck at No. 5 singles. The Tribe (9-12) got their lone point of the match at No. 4 singles, where Cojanu defeated Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia) in a third-set superbreaker. The match at No. 1 singles between Stewart and O’Brien was abandoned in a third set superbreaker when rain forced play to stop.

“I think we are continuing to pick up momentum with each match we play,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “We are continuing to get better as a team. We now have to get ready for another challenging weekend in the ACC as we head to Georgia Tech and Clemson.”

The Cavaliers return to action on Friday afternoon as they visit No. 32 Georgia Tech. Match time in Atlanta is 3:00 p.m.

No. 11 Virginia 5, No. 62 William & Mary 1

1) #55 Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) def. #42 Cojanu/Mulligan (W&M) 8-3
2) Cohen/Stewart (UVa) def. Ward/Pagon (W&M) 8-6
3. Huey/Rozek (UVa) def. O’Brien/Sud (W&M) 8-5

1. #77 Doug Stewart (UVa) vs. Colin O’Brien (W&M) 6-3, 5-7, 0-0 (5-5) DNF
2. #44 Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. Stephen Ward (W&M) 6-3, 6-2
3. #45 Treat Huey (UVa) def. Billy Mulligan (W&M) 6-1, 6-1
4. Alex Cojanu (W&M) def. Marko Miklo (UVa) 4-6, 6-2, 10-7
5. Darrin Cohen (UVa) def. Alexander Zuck (W&M) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Nick Meythaler (UVa) def. Matt Rubenstein (W&M) 6-2, 6-2

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