Cavaliers Complete Unbeaten ACC Season With 6-1 Win Over Miami
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team completed its sixth consecutive undefeated ACC regular season with a 6-1 victory over No. 63 Miami on Sunday in its regular season finale the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (21-1, 11-0 ACC) extended its win streak to 14 straight matches, while the Hurricanes fell to 8-12 overall, 1-10 in the conference.
“I am proud of the guys,” said head coach Brian Boland. “It was another great regular season and we are looking forward to starting the postseason. We have been improving, both as a team and as individuals, throughout the season and will look to keep improving as we enter the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.”
The Cavaliers swept all three doubles matches to win take the opening point. On senior day, fourth-years Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) and Steven Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) got Virginia started as they teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 3 over Diego Soto and Marco Stancati. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) posted an 8-3 win at No. 1 over Wilfredo Gonzalez and Henrique Tsukamoto to clinch the opening point. At No. 2, Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) completed the sweep with a tiebreaker win over Omar Aly and Mark Schanerman.
Virginia doubled its lead early in singles play as Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 over Tsumakoto. Jenkins followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Gabriel Flores at the top position. Domijan downed Aly 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 post to clinch the victory. Courtney added a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Soto and Frank topped Gonzalez 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 to extend the advantage to 6-0. Miami’s lone point came at No. 6 where Schanerman edged Philippe Oudshoorn (Adeldoorn, The Netherlands) in a third-set match tiebreaker.
The win was Virginia’s 89th consecutive victory against ACC competition, extending its conference record.
The Cavaliers will be the top seed at next week’s ACC Tournament, held April 19-22 in Cary, N.C. Virginia will have a first round bye and will open play on Friday in the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers will be looking for their sixth consecutive ACC Tournament title.
#3 VIRGINIA 6, #63 MIAMI 1
1. #18 Courtney/Jenkins (UVa) def. Gonzalez/Tsukamoto (UM) 8-3
2. Domijan/Frank (UVa) def. Aly/Schanerman (UM) 8-7(1)
3. Rooda/Villegas (UVa) def. Soto/Stancati (UM) 8-4
1. #6 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. Gabriel Flores (UM) 6-3, 6-1
2. #47 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. Omar Aly (UM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #1 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. Wilfredo Gonzalez (UM) 7-5, 6-2
4. Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Diego Soto (UM) 6-3, 6-2
5. #86 Justin Shane (UVa) def. Henrique Tsukamoto (UM) 6-1, 6-0
6. Mark Schanerman (UM) def. Philippe Oudshoorn (UVa) 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-5
Order of Finish: