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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis team had a strong presence as the ITA announced its 2009-10 preseason singles and doubles rankings. The Cavaliers led all schools with seven players ranked in the preseason top 125 singles while also being the only school to have two top-20 doubles teams.

Among the seven Cavaliers ranked in singles, two are ranked among the top 15. Junior Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) is No. 9, while classmate Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) is No. 14. Seniors Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) are ranked No. 50 and No. 56 respectively, while sophomore Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) is No. 84. Sophomore Steven Eelkman Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) earns his first career ranking at No. 112 and first-year Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) is No. 116.

In the preseason doubles rankings, the team of Barrick and Singh are ranked No. 4, while Shabaz and first-year Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Md.) are No. 17.

The Cavaliers begin their fall season next weekend, Sept. 9-11, as they host the UVa Invitational at the Snyder Tennis Center.

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