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Virginia adds two more wins as it remains undefeated in conference play

The Cavaliers continue their winning streak with road victories over Georgia Tech and Clemson

<p>The Cavaliers are on a roll to begin conference play with the hopes of carrying the momentum into a clash against No. 5 Wake Forest this weekend.</p>

The Cavaliers are on a roll to begin conference play with the hopes of carrying the momentum into a clash against No. 5 Wake Forest this weekend.

The No. 11 Virginia men’s tennis team completed a weekend road trip with wins over Georgia Tech and Clemson. The Cavaliers (12-5, 6-0 ACC) continued to look strong in both matches, as they continued on their quest for a regular season conference title.

Against the Yellow Jackets (6-7, 1-3 ACC), Virginia lost the doubles point but picked up four singles victories in a row to secure the win. The team of senior Gianni Ross and sophomore Jeffrey von der Schulenberg won their doubles match, but Georgia Tech clinched the overall point with wins on courts one and three.

Von der Schulenburg earned the first singles victory of the day for the Cavaliers to tie the match. This was his eighth straight win in a completed match. He was followed by graduate student Jackson Allen and sophomore Iñaki Montes de la Torre, who helped Virginia take a commanding 3-1 lead before Ross earned the clinching point of the day, securing the win. The Yellow Jackets played out the remaining courts and won the last two singles matches, making it a 4-3 final.

“Our team showed some serious fight today. This was a culture win for the guys. A culture they have all built day by day together,” Coach Andres Pedroso said.  “I’m super proud of them. Our guys always fight and that’s one of the many reasons why they are a pleasure to coach.”

The Cavaliers closed out the weekend against Clemson (8-7, 0-4 ACC) at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility in Clemson, S.C. 

Virginia cruised to their 19th consecutive victory against the Tigers by a score of 4-0. In doubles, Schulenberg and Ross won on court two while Montes and sophomore Alexander Kiefer joined them with a win in their match, clinching the doubles point.

Graduate student Bar Botzer opened singles play in dominant fashion, with a 6-0, 6-2 victory after returning to the singles lineup. Ross followed with what is now his seventh straight singles win in a completed match, and senior Ryan Goetz finished off the win for the Cavaliers with a singles victory on court four by a score of 6-2, 6-3. The remaining courts were not played out.

Virginia will return home next weekend, as they will play host to NC State Friday at the Virginia Tennis Facility. That match will begin at 3 p.m. The Cavaliers will close out the weekend with a crucial match against No. 5 Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will likely prove to be the deciding factor in determining the ACC regular season champion, and it gives Virginia a chance to earn a win against an elite opponent after falling to several earlier in the season.