May 23, 2009
Sanam Singh and the doubles team of Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz both advanced to the NCAA semifinals Saturday in College Station, Texas.
After dispatching #6 seed John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, last year's NCAA singles runner-up, Singh defeated Arnau Brugues of Tulsa in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Brugues, who entered the match with a record of 44-3 and a 28-match win streak, was the tournament's #1 seed. Singh will face #9-16 seed Steven Moneke of Ohio State in the semifinals.
Singh becomes the third Cavalier to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. Devvarman accomplished the feat three times (2006, 2007 and 2008) and Brian Vahaly did it once (2001). The win was also Singh’s 42nd singles win of the year, the third highest total in school history behind Devvarman’s 44 wins in 2007 and 2008.
The doubles team of Inglot and Shabaz advanced to the semifinals with a straight set victory over #5-8 seed Omar Altmann and Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine 6-4, 6-2. They become the third Cavalier team to reach the semifinals. Devvarman and Treat Huey reached the semifinals in 2007, as did the team of Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery in 2001.
Inglot and Shabaz will meet the winner of the match between Donato/Fogleman (UNC) and Krajicek/Pollock (Texas A&M) in the semifinals.