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Cavaliers to Face USC for Men's Tennis National Title

A familiar nemesis is the only thing standing between the Virginia men's tennis team and the first national championship in program history.

It's a rematch of last year's title match at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the Cavaliers face Southern California. USC has eliminated Virginia in each of the past three NCAA Tournaments, en route to three consecutive national championships.

Virginia advanced to the program's second national championship match with a 4-1 win over Pepperdine in the semifinals. The match began at 5 p.m. Monday but didn't end until after midnight Tuesday after rain forced play indoors.

The Cavaliers won the doubles point and singles play briefly got underway before the weather forced the move indoors. Once inside, the match was limited to two courts. Alex Domijan gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Finn Tearney at No. 2 singles.

No. 1 singles player Jarmere Jenkins dropped the first point allowed by Virginia in this NCAA Tournament with a 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 loss to Sebastian Fanselow, cutting the match to 2-1. But Mitchell Frank extended the Virginia lead with a 7-6(3), 6-2 win at No. 3, and Drew Courtney won by the same score at No. 4 to clinch the Virginia win.

USC advanced to Tuesday's championship with a 4-1 win over UCLA in Monday's other semifinal. The Trojans enter Tuesday's match at 32-1; the Cavaliers are 29-1.

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