Cavaliers Bring National Titles Home to Charlottesville

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

The Virginia men's tennis team had some extra hardware to bring home on their return flight from the NCAA Championships in Illinois.

The Cavaliers beat UCLA to win the National Team Championship on May 21, and then one week later senior Jarmere Jenkins and freshman Mac Styslinger won the doubles final, defeating Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas.

After returning to Charlottesville, the duo said they've been so busy, they haven't had much time to let their victories sink in.

"I really haven't had that much time to relax," said Jenkins. "We just literally got in last night, and rest up, and had meetings this morning. So I haven't had too much time to think about it, but I'm definitely soaking it all in."

"I really don't know when it's going to set in," added Styslinger. "To win the Team National Championship was pretty awesome. You know, Virginia lost the last two years in the finals, and to win it this year was really, really cool."

Head coach Brian Boland said he's slowly starting to realize what his team accomplished in the last week. "I think that each day that goes by, you start to really look back and appreciate what these young people have been able to accomplish."

Boland also said it's humbling to bring the two titles back to a school and fan base that have been there for the Cavaliers, through the wins and heartbreaking losses.

"What is most gratifying when the tennis is said and done is all those people that were with us throughout this journey. Those same Wahoo fans were out in Standford and in Athens, and you know they saw those heartbreaking losses. And yet they came back to Champaign and kept supporting us. We just feel like we have the best fans in college tennis. There's nothing like Wahoo nation."

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