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Singh, Shabaz down ranked Bears, Terps

Squad sweeps Maryland en route to 3-0 weekend; Bears, Bulldogs do not pose threat to top-ranked Cavaliers

The No. 1 Virginia men's tennis team easily topped No. 62 Maryland, No. 8 Baylor and Gardener-Webb this weekend, continuing an unbeaten streak that extends back to Feb. 6.\nThe Cavaliers began the slate of matches with a 7-0 sweep Friday afternoon against the Terrapins.

Four out of the six singles matches finished in straight sets, but Virginia still did not walk away easily. At No. 4, senior Houston Barrick pulled out his close match 1-6, 7-6 (8), 10-3 against Maryland's John Collins. Philipe Oudshoorn also pulled out a close match at No. 6, winning 6-7 (1), 6-0, 10-2.

"Maryland is one of those teams [that is] lesser-known in the ACC, but you can't take any match lightly," junior Sanam Singh said. "I feel that we went there, and we took care of business."

After the matchup with the Terrapins, the Cavaliers then spent the next day facing off against Baylor and Gardener-Webb, downing the former 5-2.

Although Baylor has caused problems for Virginia in the past, the Cavaliers swept all three doubles matches en route to the victory.

Michael Shabaz opened singles play with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win against Denes Lukacs. Barrick then fell in straight sets at No. 5, and Baylor picked up its first match of the afternoon. But Singh and sophomore Drew Courtney each completed their singles matches in straight sets to seal the overall victory.

"Obviously, it's a big advantage for us to play at home," associate head coach Tony Bresky said of the Baylor match. "They have an excellent program ... I think [this win] is a good sign for our team."

Following Virginia's win against Baylor, the Cavaliers rested their usual starters and defeated unranked Gardener-Webb 9-2. Freshman Julen Urigen and senior Milo Johnson lost 8-6 at the No. 4 doubles position and Oudshoorn lost 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles position.

The Cavaliers now look to a double-header against VCU and Richmond this Wednesday at home after this past weekend of strong performances.

"It's good for them to get back in the swing of things," Bresky said. "I think it was a good way to start the second half of our season"


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