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Virginia hosts ITA Kickoff


The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team will host the ITA Kickoff this weekend at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Virginia will face Cornell in its first match tonight. Depending on the outcome of that match, the Cavaliers could face either East Tennessee State or Binghamton tomorrow. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the National Indoor Championships.

Virginia (4-0) swept all three matches last weekend against Illinois, Notre Dame and Eastern Kentucky to begin the 2011 dual season. Senior Michael Shabaz, ranked No. 27 nationally, recorded particularly noteworthy performances, winning in straight sets against No. 11 Dennis Nevolo of the Fighting Illini and No. 71 Stephen Havens of the Fighting Irish. Shabaz was named ACC Player of the Week for his efforts.

It is unclear who Shabaz will face in the No. 1 singles slot against Cornell (3-0), which has started three different players at the top position thus far. No. 51 East Tennessee State (0-2) opened the season against top-notch competition, losing matches to No. 3 Tennessee and No. 13 Louisville. No. 50 Binghamton, meanwhile, opens its season this weekend. Last year, the three-time reigningAmerican East champions posted a 25-2 record, including a school-record 20 straight wins.

Virginia's match against Cornell is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight.

-compiled by Andrew Seidman