Cavalier men's tennis notch four spring break victories
The Virginia men’s tennis team concluded a productive spring break by blanking No. 15 Illinois 7-0 Sunday on the road, the eighth top-20 team to fall to the top-ranked Cavaliers.
Virginia (11-0) took the doubles point with consecutive wins on the third and second courts against Illinois (7-5 ). At No. 3, No. 27 junior Justin Shane and senior Julen Uriguen triumphed 8-1 while No. 46 junior Alex Domijan and sophomore Mitchell Frank won 8-3 at the No. 2 court. Illini sophomores No. 36 Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski upset Virginia’s second ranked pair of senior Jarmere Jenkins and freshman Mac Styslinger 8-4 at No. 1.
The Cavaliers were dominant across all six singles matchups. No. 1 Domijan made quick work of Kopinski, winning 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 slot, and No. 5 Jenkins defeated No. 40 freshman Jared Hiltzik 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1. No. 12 Styslinger clinched the win for Virginia at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-1 win against senior Bruno Abdelnour. No. 81 Frank won 6-4, 6-3 against No. 108 Guignon at No. 3, and Shane added to the score with straight 6-4 sets against freshman Alex Jesse at No. 5. Uriguen was the only Cavalier to lose a set, falling 6-7 in his second , but 6-4 and 6-1 victories in his first and third sets, respectively, downed freshman Brian Page at No. 6 and completed the Cavaliers’ thrashing of the Illini.
The win at Illinois marked the team’s fourth in six days. The Cavaliers began their spring break with two 6-1 wins against No. 19 Baylor and No. 11 Texas A&M, and followed those victories with a 5-2 win against No. 14 Texas.
Virginia will return to action and begin conference play March 22 when it hosts No. 8 Duke.