Fresh off a slew of impressive victories last weekend, the No. 2 Virginia men's tennis team looks to avoid a defeat in today's road competition against No. 41 Maryland before next weekend's ITA Team Indoor Championship.
For senior captain Drew Courtney, the key to success is simple - more of the same.
"We just have to stay prepared, keep our preparation how it has been," Courtney said. "I think Maryland is going to be a good match there - they're always a good team."
If the Cavaliers (4-0, 0-0 ACC) sustain their torrid early-season form, the Terrapins (1-3, 0-0 ACC) might need a minor miracle to pull off the upset. Virginia has dropped just three points while clobbering four ranked opponents this season, including No. 15 Texas, No. 5 Florida and No. 11 Texas A&M last weekend at the Boyd Tinsley Courts.
"It was a very impressive weekend," coach Brian Boland said of the homestand. "We're a team that I think is really fit and professional, and we're going amongst our business in the right way."
Maryland enters today's match reeling from three consecutive landslide defeats. The Terrapins failed to earn a single point at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Austin, Texas, losing 4-0 to Texas and No. 31 Michigan.
Despite the early season struggles, coach Kyle Spencer has helped rejuvenate the flailing program in his two-plus seasons at College Park. The Terrapins have posted consecutive .500 campaigns and are emerging as a legitimate threat on the ACC schedule.
"Kyle Spencer's done a really good job with that program," Boland said. "They've been a force. I think they're going to compete in the ACC this year and make it difficult for some teams, when in the past, that wasn't always the case."
The No. 36 doubles pairing of senior Maros Horny and junior John Collins leads the way for Maryland, but they will face a stiff challenge from the powerful Virginia doubles teams.
The Cavaliers have excelled on the doubles courts this spring, where they have yet to drop a single point. Courtney and fellow captain junior Jarmere Jenkins have spearheaded Virginia's virtuoso early-season performance with their scorching play, pulverizing doubles opponents by a combined 32-13 in their four