Virginia Rolls to 5-2 Win at No. 10 North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Top-ranked Virginia recorded its eighth top-10 victory of the season with a 5-2 win over No. 10 North Carolina Friday night at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (22-0, 8-0 ACC) are the only remaining team undefeated in ACC play after handing the Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1) their first league defeat.
The Cavaliers took the early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) fell behind 5-2 at No. 3 against David Stone and Tristan Heinrich, but rolled off six straight games to win 8-5. Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) topped Chris Kearney and Taylor Fogelman 8-6 at No. 1 doubles to clinch the opening point.
In singles, the Cavaliers quickly made the score 3-0 with a pair of easy wins. At No. 1, Devvarman cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Benjamin Carlotti at the No. 1 position, while Angelinos dismantled Will Plyler 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles. North Carolina cut the lead to 3-1 as Kearney snapped Sanam Singh’s (Chandigarh, India) 20-match winning streak at No. 4 singles. Singh played valiantly despite missing practice most of the week due to a minor injury, and fought hard against a hot player in Kearney. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) clinched the match with a come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles against Fogelman. After dropping the first set 6-2, Shabaz rolled off nine straight games to win the second set 6-0 and take a 3-0 lead in the final set en route to winning it 6-2. The Tar Heels picked up their only other point at No. 2 singles as Hardy edged Inglot 7-6 (5), 7-5. In the final match on the courts, Huey topped Clay Donato in a third set superbreaker to make the final score 5-2.
The win was Virginia’s 25th consecutive ACC victory against ACC competition, setting a new school record. The previous record of 24 was set from 2004 to 2006.
The Cavaliers will conclude the road portion of their regular season schedule on Sunday as they visit No. 41 Duke. Match time at the Ambler Tennis Center is 1 p.m.
No. 1 Virginia 5, No. 10 North Carolina 2
1. #1 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) def. #10 Kearney/Fogelman (UNC) 8-6
2. #43 Donato/Hardy (UNC) def. Inglot/Shabaz (UVa) 9-8 (3)
3. #45 Angelinos/Singer (UVa) def. Stone/Heinrich (UNC) 8-5
1. #1 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) def. Benjamin Carlotti (UNC) 6-3, 6-1
2. #73 Stefan Hardy (UNC) def. #9 Dominic Inglot (UVa) 7-6, 7-5
3. #31 Treat Huey (UVa) def. Clay Donato (UNC) 7-5, 3-6, 10-5
4. #83 Chris Kearney (UNC) def. #125 Sanam Singh (UVa) 6-2, 6-2
5. Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. Taylor Fogelman (UNC) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
6. Ted Angelinos (UVa) def. Will Plyler (UNC) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: Doubles- 3,1,2 Singles- 1,6,4,5,2,3
Records: Virginia (22-0, 8-0 ACC), North Carolina (15-4, 5-1 ACC)