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Tennis wins in spring opener

The Virginia men's tennis team defeated Pennsylvania 7-1 Saturday evening at the Boar's Head Sports Club in its spring season opener.

In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall rankings, Virginia was ranked No. 23.

The Cavs started the match on a high point as they swept all three doubles matches, earning two team points for Virginia.

The No. 1 doubles team of Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery, ranked 23rd by the ITA, defeated Penn's Brett Meringoff and Ryan Harwood, 8-4.

In singles action, Vahaly, who is ranked the No. 3 singles player by the ITA, defeated Frantisek Stejskal 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1. Montgomery, ranked No. 41, posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Meringoff at No. 2 singles. Cav fourth-year John Winter posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Harwood at No. 3, while third-year Tommy Croker won 6-3, 6-0 over Eric Sobotka. Brian Hunter rounded out the Virginia singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5.

Penn's only winner was Brian Barki, who knocked off Virginia second-year Jason Romesbury, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 6 singles.

The match was played using an experimental format designed to shorten men's collegiate tennis matches. In doubles play, an eight-game pro set is used for each of the three matches. If a team sweeps all three matches, it receives two points. Otherwise, the team that wins two of the matches will receive one point.

In singles play, the six matches will consist of two sets. If the match is tied after two sets, a 10-point tie-breaker is played in lieu of a third set.

Track and Field fare well at Penn State

Virginia's Rob Pearce took second place in the 1,000-meter run by less than a tenth of a second at the National Invitational Indoor Meet Saturday at Penn State University.

The women's distance medley team of Jeanna Composti, Jessica Thomas, Sarah Folse and Megan Schwartz finished in third place in a time of 11:55.66.

Elise Mitchell tossed the 20 lb. weight throw for 15.67 meters, which earned her fourth place.

Curtell Frye took seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 11.65 meters and tenth in the long jump with 5.49 meters.

The pole vault contingent took three of the top nine slots as Victoria Osipenko placed sixth and Annica White and Jacqueline Chmar tied for ninth.

On the men's side, Matt Antunes finished two seconds behind Pearce to take sixth in the 1,000-meter run. The distance medley squad of Pearce, Antunes, Steve Gross and Justin Wood took tenth place with a time of 10:01.20.

Marion Mason and Jarret Hagwood took sixth and eighth in the 60 meter hurdles.

Former Duke standout to undergo surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Trajan Langdon will undergo arthoscopic surgery on his right knee Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

Langdon, who has played in just 10 games this season, helped lead Duke to a 31-2 season last year, including a 19-0 sweep of the ACC.

While at Duke, Langdon had surgery on his left knee, causing him to redshirt his sophomore year.

For the Cavaliers, Langdon is averaging 4.9 points in 14.5 minutes per game.

ACC Heads up Super Bowl Rosters

The ACC had more players on the field in last night's Super Bowl, the results of which were not available at press time, than any other conference represented. Nineteen former ACC players are currently listed on the active rosters of the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. Thirteen of those players are on the Rams, while the Titans list six former ACC players.

Rams players include Torry Holt of N.C. State, Keith Lyle of Virginia and North Carolina's Dré Bly. ACC alums on the Titan roster include defensive end Mike Frederick of Virginia, defensive back Samari Rolle of Florida State and tight end Frank Wycheck of Maryland.


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