Cavaliers Make History at ITA All-American
TULSA, Okla. – The Virginia men’s tennis team made history during the second day of main draw play at the ITA All-American Championships at the Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. The Cavaliers had three players advance to the singles quarterfinals, tying a record that had stood for 20 years.
Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India), Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) reached the quarterfinals with wins on Friday. The Cavaliers join USC (1984) and Stanford (1990) as the only teams to have three quarterfinalists at the ITA All-American.
First-year Domijan continued his impressive play in the first major collegiate tournament of his career. He posted his third consecutive 6-2, 6-1 win, topping second-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke to advance to the quarterfinals. He will meet ninth-seeded Alex Lecroix of Florida on Saturday.
Courtney recorded the biggest ranked win of his career, defeating fourth-seeded Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. He meets Reid Carleton of Duke on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Singh put together a huge rally in his round of 16 match, coming back from down 6-4, 4-0 to defeat Jose Hernandez of the North Carolina, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. He plays Eric Quigley of Kentucky in the quarterfinals.
Also on Friday, Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ashley Watling of Tulsa. He plays Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech on Saturday.
In doubles, the third-seeded team of Courtney and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins. The reigning NCAA Champions defeated Emanuel Brighiu and Chris Price of TCU 8-3 before downing Jason Jung and Kevin Kim of Michigan 8-6 in the quarterfinals. They play the top-seeded duo from Duke of Cunha and Carleton in the semifinals.
The team of Domijan and Jenkins opened their doubles play on Friday with a 9-8 win over Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann of San Diego. Later in the day they dropped an 8-6 match to Lecroix and Nassim Slilam of Florida in the quarterfinals.
Saturday’s schedule begins with the quarterfinals and semifinals of singles, followed by the semifinals of doubles.