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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team is also atop another ranking, the ITA’s 2010 Attendance Challenge. With 5,906 fans through February, the Cavaliers have drawn almost 4,000 more fans this season than any other school.

Virginia, bolstered by large crowds for the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February, lead the challenge with 5,906 fans total and an average of 738 fans per match. The Cavaliers lead second-place Tulsa (1,992) by nearly 4,000 total fans this season and Mississippi (446 average) by nearly 300 fans per match.

The Cavaliers’ four matches at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships are the four largest single match crowds this season. Virginia drew 1,500 fans for the quarterfinal match against Georgia, 1,300 for the semifinal against Ohio State, 1,200 for the first round against Alabama and 1,000 for the championship match against Tennessee.

Virginia won the inaugural ITA Attendance Challenge in 2008 and was the runner-up last season.

2010 ITA Attendance Challenge – January/February Leaders

Total Attendance
5,906 Virginia
1,992 Tulsa
1,782 Mississippi
1,582 Washington
1,533 Florida State
1,517 Arkansas
1,394 Georgia
1,230 Texas A&M
1,131 Ohio State

Average Attendance
738 Virginia
446 Mississippi
356 Michigan
308 Texas A&M
271 Illinois
263 Washington
232 Georgia
195 Boise State
192 Florida State
185 Tulsa

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