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May 4, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Three members of the Virginia men’s tennis team were selected to play in the NCAA Individual Championships later this month at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) were selected to the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship field, while Rizza and Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.) were selected to the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship.

Devvarman received a No. 9-16 seed for the singles tournament, becoming the first Cavalier to be a seed since Doug Stewart was a 9-16 seed in the 2004 tournament. This season, Devvarman has a 25-11 singles record and is currently ranked No. 14 nationally. Last season, as a first-year, Devvarman was selected to the tournament and advanced to the second round.

Rizza is also making his second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship, having reached the second round last year. This season, Rizza has a 27-13 singles record and is ranked No. 54 nationally.

Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) was listed as the fifth alternate on the singles championship draw. He could still make the tournament if players that were selected withdraw prior to the start of the tournament. This season, Huey has a 29-12 singles record and a No. 63 national ranking.

In doubles, the team of Rizza and Meythaler will be making their third consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship appearance. They join the team of Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery as the only Cavalier teams to play in three NCAA Doubles Championships. For the first time, Rizza and Meythaler are seeded for the tournament, as a No. 5-8 seed. This season, the duo has a 14-4 record and is currently ranked No. 7 nationally.

The Cavaliers will return to action next weekend as they host first and second round action of the NCAA Team Championship at the Snyder Tennis Center. The No. 8 seeded Cavaliers open play on May 13 with a first round match against Army.

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