STANFORD, Calif. – Virginia senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship for the second consecutive season as play continued Friday at the Taube Tennis Center. In doubles, the reigning champions of Shabaz and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) were defeated in the round of 16.
Shabaz, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 9-16 seed Austen Childs of Louisville, the 2010 NCAA runner-up. Shabaz was broken in his first service game of the match to fall behind 2-0, but broke back in the ensuing game. The set remained on serve until Shabaz broke Childs at 5-5 and then held to serve out the set. The second set featured just one service break, as Shabaz broke Childs at 3-3, and he never faced a break point on his serve as he closed out the win. Shabaz will play eighth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In doubles, the second-seeded team of Shabaz and Courtney saw their title defense come up short as they fell to Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith of Florida State 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. In the first set, the Seminole team used an early break to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Cavalier team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, only to see the Seminoles win the next three games to draw even. Courtney and Shabaz rebounded to win the next three games and force a decisive set. In the third set, the teams were tied at 1-1 before the Seminoles won the final five games to take the match. Shabaz, who won the 2009 NCAA title with Dominic Inglot and the 2010 title with Courtney, ends his Cavalier doubles career with a school-record 11 NCAA Doubles Championship wins. His 130 career doubles wins rank second in school history, four behind Treat Huey (2005-08).
Singles quarterfinals play will begin at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Saturday at the Taube Tennis Center.