Cavaliers Blank Maryland in ACC Opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team began its quest for an eighth consecutive ACC regular season title with a 7-0 win over No. 71 Maryland on Friday night in the conference opener at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improve to 7-0 (1-0 ACC) with the win, while handing the Terrapins (3-1, 0-1) their first loss of the season.
In doubles, the Cavaliers took the opening point by sweeping all three matches. Reigning NCAA doubles champions Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) remained unbeaten in 2010-11 as they downed Maros Horny and Andy Magee 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) posted an 8-6 win at No. 2 over John Collins and Jan Surovic. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Steven Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Jesse Kiuru and Tommy Laine.
In singles, Virginia won all six matches in straight sets to remain undefeated this season at the 1-6 singles spots. Singh made the score 2-0 with his 6-1, 6-1 win over Magee at No. 3. Domijan followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Collins at No. 2. The match was clinched by Shabaz, who completed a 6-4, 6-1 win over Horny at the top spot. Jenkins defeated Sergio Wyss 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) added a 6-1, 6-3 win over Laine at No. 6. Courtney completed the shutout with his 6-4, 7-6(2) win over Kiuru at No. 5 singles.
The wins extended a pair of record win streaks for the Cavaliers. It was Virginia’s 64th consecutive win over ACC competition (regular season and postseason), the longest streak in conference history. The victory also extended the Cavaliers’ school-record home winning streak to 81 matches.
Virginia will meet its highest-ranked opponent of the season thus far on Saturday when it hosts No. 12 Kentucky. Match time is 6 p.m. and admission is free. Prior to the match will be an ITA Campus Kids Day event, with a clinic for youth from 4:45-5:30 p.m.
#1 Virginia 7, #71 Maryland 0
1. #3 Courtney/Shabaz (UVa) def. Horny/Magee (Md) 8-6
2. #10 Domijan/Jenkins (UVa) def. Collins/Surovic (Md) 8-6
3. Singh/Rooda (UVa) def. Kiuru/Laine (Md) 8-5
1. #27 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. #36 Maros Horny (Md) 6-4, 6-1
2. #3 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. John Collins (Md) 6-2, 6-4
3. #10 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Andy Magee (Md) 6-1, 6-1
4. #19 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. #117 Sergio Wyss (Md) 6-4, 6-0
5. #17 Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Jesse Kiuru (Md) 6-4, 7-6(2)
6. #105 Justin Shane (UVa) def. Tommy Laine (Md) 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish