March 20, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA–Number-one ranked Virginia defeated Clemson 6-1 in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tennis match at Charlottesville, VA Friday afternoon.
With the win, Virginia improves to 19-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 8-7 overall and 0-4 in league play. Virginia is ranked number one in the nation according to the latest ITA poll.
Virginia won the doubles point as they were led by Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz. The pair, ranked 13th nationally defeated the Tigers’ Carlos Alvarez and Rok Bizjak 8-4 at number one doubles.
In singles play, Virginia picked up two points as Sanam Singh defeated Clemson’s Gera Boryachinskiy at number two singles, 6-2, 6-2. Singh is ranked 23rd nationally. Inglot, ranked 15th nationally defeated Alvarez at number one singles 6-1, 6-4 to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 advantage in the match.
Drew Courtney of Virginia defeated Ike Belk 6-3, 7-5 at number six singles to clinch the match for the Cavaliers and give Virginia a 4-0 lead.
At number four singles, Clemson’s Kevin Fleck upset 69th ranked Houston Barrick 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The Cavaliers finished the match winning close matches at number three singles and number five singles. At number three singles, 18th ranked Michale Shabaz won over Clemson’s Rok Bizjak 7-5, 6-7, 7-6. In the last match off the court, Steven Eelkman Rooda of Virginia won over Kevin Galloway 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
This was the 58th meeting between Clemson and Virginia on the tennis courts. Clemson still leads the overall series 41-17. The series began in 1955.
The Tigers will play at Virginia Tech on Sunday, March 22 in the Tigers’ next action. Match time is set for 10:00 a.m.
When Clemson and Virginia Tech meet on Sunday, this will be the 12th meeting on the tennis courts between the two schools. Clemson leads the series 8-3. The series began in 1969.
The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men’s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match was played in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.
Clemson has beaten the number-one ranked team in the nation on two occasions. Clemson defeated #1 UCLA 5-4 in Los Angeles on February 6, 1981, and defeated #1 Pepperdine at Malibu, CA on March 22, 1986.
Virginia 6, Clemson 1
Doubles 1. #13 Inglot/Shabaz (UVA) d. Alvarez/Bizjak (CU) 8-4 2. #4 Barrick/Singh (UVA) d. Boryachinskiy/Wes Moran (CU) 8-6 3. Courtney/Lee Singer (UVA) d. Belk/Fleck (CU) 9-7 Order of finish: 1,2,3
Singles 1. #15 Dominic Inglot (UVA) d. Carlos Alvarez (CU) 6-1, 6-4 2. #23 Sanam Singh (UVA) d. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) 6-2, 6-2 3. #18 Michael Shabaz (UVA) d. Rok Bizjak (CU) 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 4. Kevin Fleck (CU) d. #69 Houston Barrick (UVA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 5. Steven Eelkman Rooda (UVA) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 6-7, 7-6 7-6 6. Drew Courtney (UVA) d. Ike Belk (CU) 6-3, 7-5 Order of finish: 2, 1, 6, 4, 3, 5
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