Top-Ranked Virginia Edges Wake Forest 5-2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team concluded the road portion of its regular season schedule with a 5-2 win over No. 34 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon at Hanes Park. The Cavaliers (24-0, 9-0 ACC) extended their ACC-record win streak to 72 consecutive victories over conference competition, while the Demon Deacons fell to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
The Cavaliers opened the match strong, winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Steven Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) topped Danny Kreyman and Jonathan Wolff 8-3 at the No. 2 spot. Michael Shabaz (Faifax, Va.) and Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) clinched the opening point with their 8-5 win at No. 1 over Iain Atkinson and David Hopkins.
In singles, the Cavaliers quickly doubled their lead as Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Adam Lee at No. 5. Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) extended the advantage to 3-0 as he completed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Zach Leslie. The Demon Deacons cut the lead to 3-1 as Kreyman topped Shane at No. 4 before Domijan clinched the UVa victory with his three-set win over Wolff at the top spot. In the final two matches on the courts, Atkinson defeated Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) at No. 3 and Shabaz edged Tripper Carleton at No. 2 to make the final score 5-2.
“I was proud of the effort today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I am really proud of Sanam. He battled through an injury that caused him to not hit a tennis ball the entire week, but he went out there today because his team needed him and put himself in a position to win, serving at 5-4 in the third. It is unfortunate that he didn’t get the win he deserved, but I know that he will be back to full strength next week for us. The effort he gave today makes me proud to have him as a part of our program.”
The Cavaliers conclude the regular season with a pair of home matches next week. They host Clemson at 3 p.m. on Friday and Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for the Snyder Tennis Center and admission is free. Friday’s match will be senior day for the team, as Shabaz and Singh will be honored.
#1 Virginia 5, #34 Wake Forest 2
1. Shabaz/Shane (UVa) def. #36 Atkinson/Hopkins (WF) 8-5
2. Domijan/Rooda (UVa) def. Kreyman/Wolff (WF) 8-3
3. Carleton/Lee (WF) def. Uriguen/Villegas (UVa) 8-6
1. #2 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #63 Jonathan Wolff (WF) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. #5 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. #113 Tripper Carleton (WF) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3)
3. Iain Atkinson (WF) def. #25 Sanam Singh (UVa) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Danny Kreyman (WF) def. #120 Justin Shane (UVa) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Julen Uriguen (UVa) def. Adam Lee (WF) 6-0, 6-1
6. Santiago Villegas (UVa) def. Zach Leslie (WF) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish