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Cavs break 63-match streak with

The No. 2 Virginia men's tennis team fell to No. 14 Kentucky 4-3 in Lexington Saturday, ending the program's 63-match regular season winning streak that began in 2006.

The Wildcats (6-1) swept the three opening doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead and split the six singles matches to notch a 4-3 upset victory. Though sophomore Drew Courtney evened the score at one match apiece with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against sophomore Graeme Dyce, Kentucky quickly retook the lead with two singles victories, including No. 29 Alex Musialek's 6-4, 7-6(5) upset of junior Michael Shabaz, who was ranked No. 2 in the nation. Freshman Jarmere Jenkins and senior Houston Barrick kept the Cavaliers (4-1) afloat with 7-6(4), 7-6(3) and 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victories, respectively. With the match tied at three, Virginia's hopes were left in the hands of No. 28 Lee Singer in the No. 6 slot. The senior lost in straight sets, however, sealing the defeat.

Virginia rebounded later in the day with a 6-0 sweep of Eastern Kentucky. Coach Brian Boland rested his starters, allowing his younger players to gain experience.

-compiled by Andrew Seidman