May 14, 2009
The Cavalier men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon with a 4-2 against Florida State. It marks the third time this season that Virginia has topped the Seminoles, as the Cavaliers have tied a school record with 32 consecutive wins.
The two teams took part in a close battle throughout the afternoon. Virginia jumped up on the Seminoles 1-0 by taking the doubles point. Singles was closely contested, as each team won three first sets in their respective matches. Drew Courtney was the first Cavalier to secure a win, topping Drew Bailey, 6-4, 6-2, to extend the Virginia lead to 2-0. After the Seminoles closed the gap to 2-1, Sanam Singh earned a 7-5, 6-3 win over Clint Bowles to put the Cavaliers to within one match of winning. Michael Shabaz won in three sets to close out the match for Virginia.
The Cavaliers have now won 47 consecutive matches against ACC opponents. They advance to the national quarterfinals where they will face Southern California. USC defeated Stanford, 4-1, on Thursday, and comes in as the tournament's eighth overall seed. That match will get underway on Saturday at 2:00pm.