No. 1 Virginia Rolls Past No. 12 Kentucky 7-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team took on its highest ranked opponent of the season, but posted another 7-0 victory as it downed No. 12 Kentucky Saturday night at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improved to 8-0 on the season, while handing the Wildcats (6-1) their first loss of the year.
“Kentucky has a great program and can compete with anyone,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “A win like this is a strong indication of where we are as a team and the improvement we have made since the start of the season. This is a long season and there is a lot of tennis to be played, but we are excited for the opportunity to keep working on improving as a team.”
The victory extended the Cavaliers’ school-record home winning streak to 82 matches. Virginia also avenged last season’s 4-3 loss at Kentucky, the Cavaliers’ only regular season loss since 2007.
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 topped All-Americans Brad Cox and Eric Quigley 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Steven Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) followed with a 9-7 win at No. 3 over Alberto Gonzalez and Tom Jomby. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) completed the sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Alex Musialek and Anthony Rossi.
In singles, Virginia won all six matches to remain undefeated this season at the 1-6 singles spots. Third-ranked Domijan cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 39 Musialek at No. 2 to double the Cavalier lead. Jenkins followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rossi at No. 4. In the featured matchup of the night, No. 27 Shabaz topped second-ranked Quigley 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1, which clinched the dual match victory. Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) defeated Jomby 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 to extend the lead to 5-0. In the final two matches on the courts, the Cavaliers rallied from losing the first set to win in three sets, as Courtney topped Gonzalez at No. 5 and Singh defeated Cox at No. 3.
Virginia will return to action on Friday, February 11 as it hosts in-state rival Virginia Tech. Match time at the Boyd Tinsley Courts is 6 p.m.
#1 Virginia 7, #12 Kentucky 0
1. #3 Courtney/Shabaz (UVa) def. Cox/Quigley (UK) 8-6
2. #10 Domijan/Jenkins (UVa) def. Musialek/Rossi (UK) 8-3
3. Singh/Rooda (UVa) def. Gonzalez/Jomby (UK) 9-7
1. #27 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. #2 Eric Quigley (UK) 6-2, 7-5
2. #3 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #39 Alex Musialek (UK) 6-4, 6-1
3. #10 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Brad Cox 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. #19 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. Anthony Rossi (UK) 6-2, 6-3
5. #17 Drew Courtney (UVa) def. #72 Alberto Gonzalez (UK) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. #105 Justin Shane (UVa) def. Tom Jomby (UK) 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish