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Vahaly finishes second at clay court tourney

Virginia senior Brian Vahaly advanced to the finals but lost in both the singles and doubles title matches Sunday at the T. Rowe Price National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships in Baltimore. The tournament is the first leg of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam.

Vahaly entered the tournament as the top seed. Advancing through the draw to the final, he won five consecutive singles matches, all in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tennessee's Peter Handoyo in the semifinals.

Arkansas' Oskar Johansson, the fourth seed, was Vahaly's opponent in the final. Vahaly won his 11th consecutive set, 7-5, but dropped the second and third sets, 5-7 and 2-6, to finish as the tournament runner-up.

Fellow Cav senior Huntley Montgomery teamed with Vahaly in the doubles tournament. The duo entered the weekend ranked 11th in the country and stayed true to form.

Seeded third, Montgomery and Vahaly won their first match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, then enjoyed a 6-1, 6-0 win in the second round. In the next round, the pair came from behind against Michael Kogan and Mikko Viljanen of Tulane, dropping the first set but returning to prevail, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

In the final, Vahaly and Montgomery met Florian Marquardt and Frank Moser of Virginia Commonwealth. The Cavs lost the first set 5-7, but were able to pull even in the second set, 7-5. In the third set, Marquardt and Moser won 6-3 to claim the championship.

Jordan watches Heisman run away

Maryland running back LaMont Jordan offered some revealing comments concerning his chances of winning the Heisman Trophy following the Terps' game Saturday

"I'd say the way I'm going right now, the Heisman won't be in my future," Jordan said after rushing for 88 yards and three touchdowns in the Terrapins' 45-27 victory over Middle Tennessee.

"But I said before the season that as long as I helped put the team in good position to go to a big bowl game, I'd be happy," added Jordan, who also caught two passes for 69 yards.

The Terrapins are now 2-1. The win helped mark the 50th anniversary of Byrd Stadium.

Scott head over Heels

Melvin Scott, a highly recruited 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard from Baltimore's Southern High, announced his decision Saturday night to play for North Carolina next season.

Ranked in the nation's top 15 at the point, Scott was recruited by Syracuse, Seton Hall and ACC rivals Maryland and Georgia Tech.

Scott, a four-year starter who averaged 25 points and 8 rebounds a game last year, will receive a full basketball scholarship and plans to sign during the early signing period in November.

North Carolina "said I was badly needed," Scott said. "The way it looks, I'm confident with my talent that I'll make an impact there. I'll be OK"


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