No. 1 Cavaliers Score 5-2 Win at No. 21 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team rebounded from dropping the doubles point to win five singles matches and post a 5-2 victory at No. 21 Michigan Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Cavaliers’ record to 5-0 on the season, while the Wolverines suffer their first loss of the season (3-1).
“This was another great road win for us against a strong opponent,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “I was pleased with how we rebounded in singles after losing a close doubles point. We now have another week to practice and continue to improve before playing two more strong opponents in Kentucky and Harvard next weekend.”
The Wolverines took the early lead by winning a tight doubles point. Matko Maravic and George Navas scored an 8-5 win over Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) at No. 2 doubles. The Cavaliers drew even at No. 1 doubles, as top-ranked Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) defeated Jason Jung and Mike Sroczynski 9-7. With the opening point on the line, the match at No. 3 doubles went to a tiebreaker, with Chris Madden and Andrew Mazlin topping Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) 7-2 in the breaker for a 9-8 win and giving Michigan a 1-0 lead in the dual match.
In singles the Cavaliers quickly erased the Michigan lead and took a 3-1 lead of their own with three straight-set wins. At No. 5 singles, Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) downed Peter Aarts 6-1, 7-6. Top-ranked Devvarman topped No. 55 Jung 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 1 position. Huey followed with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Maravic at No. 2 singles. Singh clinched the dual match for Virginia as he rallied from losing the first set for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Mazlin at the No. 4 position. Michigan’s only singles win came at No. 3 singles, where Sroczynski edged Shabaz in a third set tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8). In the final match on the courts, Angelinos downed Madden 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
Virginia will return home for a pair of matches next weekend at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. On Friday, the Cavaliers host No. 48 Kentucky at 6 p.m. before hosting No. 75 Harvard on Sunday at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
No. 1 Virginia 5, No. 21 Michigan 2
1. #1 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) def. #23 Jung/Sroczynski (UM) 9-7
2. Maravic/Navas (UM) def. #17 Angelinos/Singer (UVa) 8-5
3. Madden/Mazlin (UM) def. #28 Shabaz/Singh (UVa) 9-8 (2)
1. #1 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) def. #55 Jason Jung (UM) 6-3, 7-5
2. #12 Treat Huey (UVa) def. Matko Maravic (UM) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
3. Mike Sroczynski (UM) def. Michael Shabaz (UVa) 3-6. 6-4. 7-6 (8)
4. Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Andrew Mazlin (UM) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
5. #83 Houston Barrick (UVa) def. Peter Aarts (UM) 6-1, 7-6(3)
6. Ted Angelinos (UVa) def. Chris Madden (UM) 6-0, 6-7, 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles-2,1,3 Singles- 5,1,2,4,3,6
Records: Virginia (5-0), Michigan (3-1)