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 No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team recorded a milestone win Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center, downing No. 25 Clemson 7-0 for the program’s 100th consecutive victory against ACC competition. The Cavaliers, who improved to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the conference this season, haven’t lost to an ACC foe (regular season or postseason) since the 2006 ACC Tournament.
“We are thrilled to get another ACC win and to reach the 100-win mark is a great milestone,” said head coach Brian Boland. “When I first came to the University of Virginia, I thought anything was possible, but I never dreamed that we could win 100 straight matches in this conference. It is a tribute to a lot of great players that have come through this program. It has been a great journey and hopefully it is only the beginning.”
The streak is the longest in ACC men’s tennis history and the second longest in conference history for all sports. The Duke women’s tennis team won 116 straight matches against ACC opponents from 1989 to 2000.
For the sixth consecutive match, Virginia took a 1-0 lead by sweeping all the doubles matches.
In singles, the Cavaliers won all six first sets and took four of those matches in straight sets. Julen Uriguen quickly doubled the UVa lead with his 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 6. At No. 3, Mitchell Frank won 10 straight games after trailing 3-2 in the first set for a 6-3, 6-0 win. Mac Styslinger sealed the historic win for Virginia as he won 7-6(6), 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
“I think this accomplishment means a lot to the program,” said Styslinger. “To be able to clinch the 100th straight ACC victory is something very special to me. I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard, so I didn’t know I was the clinching point right away. As a first-year, I don’t think I can quite grasp how impressive this streak is, but I am proud to have contributed to it.”
Ryan Shane won 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 4 and Jarmere Jenkins followed with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory at No. 1. Alex Domijan completed the shutout with his 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot.
“We didn’t play our best, but give Clemson credit for playing at a high level today,” said Boland. “The guys made things a little tougher on themselves than it needed to be. It wasn’t always the prettiest tennis today, but I was happy with how we fought to win each match.”
Virginia will conclude its regular-season home schedule on Saturday when it hosts Georgia Tech Saturday at noon. Admission is free.