Virginia's Alex Domijan returns a shot to Jaak Poldma, of Southern California, during the finals of the NCAA college men's tennis thampionships in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Domijan won the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, but USC defeated Virginia 4-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
The Virginia men’s tennis team opened the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season, and needed less than two hours to dispatch of the Knights. UVa moves on to face Minnesota on Saturday.
"We were a little bit slow in terms of our start, but as the match went on I thought the guys picked it up a little bit," said head coach Brian Boland. "But that's to be expected after a couple weeks without competition."
"I thought we did a good job of focusing," said junior Alex Domijan. "I mean you can kind of let your mind wander if, especially if you get up a first set, an easy first set, you kind of look around hoping everybody else is going to win. I thought we came out pretty focused."
"It was great to get rolling pretty early in the singles," said senior Julen Urigen. "I think it just keeps our confidence up, and just getting ready for tomorrow for Minnesota which is going to be a pretty good match."
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point. Domijan and Mitchell Frank got Virginia started with an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Mark Hemy and Peter Skvarka. Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger clinched the point with their 8-4 win victory over Arvid Berzins and Ibrahim Shams at No. 1.
Virginia clinched the match with three quick singles victories. Uriguen was first off the courts with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Markus Sjoberg at No. 6. Seconds later, Domijan made the score 3-0 by completing a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 over Shams. Styslinger posted the Cavaliers’ fourth point of the afternoon with his 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hemy at the No. 4 position.
“I actually grew up as a Gopher fan, so it is interesting to play them in the next round,” said Boland, a native of Minnesota. “It was great for them to upset VCU and they really showed their toughness to pull out that match. We know we have to be ready for a tough match tomorrow.”
The Virginia-Minnesota second round match is scheduled for 3 p.m. It is the final match of a NCAA tennis tripleheader scheduled for the Snyder Tennis Center. The women’s regional begins at 9 a.m. with Texas playing William & Mary. The Virginia women follow with a first round match against Fairleigh Dickinson at noon, prior to the men’s second round match.