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Feb. 22, 2007

The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team will face two top-20 opponents this weekend, including No. 8 and defending NCAA Champion Pepperdine. The Cavaliers face Pepperdine (7-3) tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boars Head Sports Club and then face No. 19 Boise State (8-3) on Saturday, also at 6 p.m.

The Pepperdine match is being broadcast on ACC Select.

Saturday’s match against Boise State had originally been scheduled at 1 p.m. but has been moved back to 6 p.m.

The Cavaliers (8-1) return to Charlottesville after placing third at the National Team Indoors Championships last weekend. Virginia defeated No. 16 Texas and No. 4 Ole Miss before falling to No. 1 Georgia in the semifinals, 4-2. The Cavaliers were the first team to take a team point away from the Bulldogs all season.

The Cavaliers last faced Pepperdine in their season-opener in 2006, a 4-3 Waves victory. Virginia is 1-1 all-time versus Pepperdine, and 1-1 all time versus Boise State.

In the updated ITA national rankings, junior Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) moved up to No. 4 in singles, while fellow junior Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) is ranked No. 22. Freshmen Dominic Inglot (London, England) moved into the top 100, where he is ranked No. 67 in the latest poll. Devvarman and Huey are now the No. 4 doubles team in the country, while Huey and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) are now ranked No. 38 in doubles.

The last match at the Boyd Tinsley Courts saw the Cavaliers defeat No. 23 Michigan before a crowd of nearly 800 spectators. Admission to men’s tennis matches is free.

Notes: Huey and Inglot’s singles victories against Georgia saw them break two extended dual match winning streaks. Huey’s victory over No. 9 Luis Flores broke Flores’ 20 match winning streak in dual matches, while Inglot’s victory over No. 13 Travis Helgeson broke Helgeson’s ten match winning streak.

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