Men’s tennis finishes eighth consecutive undefeated ACC slate

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The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team traveled to Blacksburg during the weekend, clinching its eighth consecutive undefeated conference record with a victory against No. 36 Virginia Tech. The win also extended Virginia’s winning streak to 11 straight matches — both in the series with the Hokies (13-10, 5-6 ACC) and on the season overall.

Led by senior Alex Domijian and sophomore Harrison Richmond, the Cavaliers (20-2, 12-0 ACC) gained an early advantage by winning a tight doubles point. Domijan and Richmond won in a tiebreaker against Virginia Tech junior Hunter Koontz and sophomore Joao Monteiro. The No. 55 pair Domijan and Richmond remain undefeated on the season.

In singles, senior Justin Shane doubled Virginia’s lead with a victory against sophomore Aaron Gomez at No. 6. On the first court, No. 17 Domijan extended the Cavaliers’ advantage as he took down No. 21 sophomore Amerigo Contini, 7-5, 6-3. And for the third straight match, No. 45 sophomore Ryan Shane clinched the match for the Cavaliers with a win against Koontz at No. 3.

No. 2 junior Mitchell Frank came back to win his match against sophomore Andreas Bjerrehus after dropping the first set. Freshmen Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and J.C. Aragone would close out the match with victories to shut out the Hokies, 7-0.

The Cavaliers will begin postseason play this weekend at the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C., where they are seeking their eighth consecutive ACC Tournament title. By virtue of holding the No. 1 seed, Virginia will receive bye during Thursday’s opening round and face the winner of No. 8 seed Florida State and No. 9 seed Miami Friday morning.


Published April 20, 2014 in Sports





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