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Triple Crown Possibility for Jenkins

Virginia senior Jarmere Jenkins will play for both NCAA Individual Championships on Monday after a pair of semifinal victories on Sunday. Jenkins followed a singles semifinal victory in the afternoon with a doubles semifinal victory with Mac Styslinger in the evening.

On Monday, Jenkins will look to become the fourth player of modern era (since 1977) to win the NCAA Tennis Triple Crown by capturing the team, singles and doubles title in the same season.

Jenkins, the singles tournament’s No. 3 seed, reached the final with a 7-6(1), 7-6(3) semifinal victory over No. 9-16 seed Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine.

Jenkins will play another No. 9-16 seed in Blaz Rola of Ohio State in the final. They met earlier this season at No. 1 singles in the Cavaliers’ 4-3 victory over the Buckeyes in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 17. Rola won that match 6-4, 6-2. Jenkins won the two previous meetings, both in the fall of 2011, in the ITA All-American Championships and in the qualifying draw of the Charlottesville ATP Challenger.

It marks the fifth time a Cavalier will play for the NCAA Singles Championship. Brian Vahaly was Virginia’s first finalist in 2001 as he lost to Boeker. Somdev Devvarman reached the final three consecutive years from 2006-08, winning consecutive titles in 2007, defeating John Isner of Georgia, and 2008, defeating Tennessee’s John-Patrick Smith.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to have a chance to play for two national championships tomorrow,” said Jenkins. “I have been playing well and everything seems to be falling into place for me this week. It is going to be a great final against Blaz. He is the ultimate competitor who makes you work for every point. It is going to be a fun match.”

In doubles, the fourth-seeded duo of Jenkins and Styslinger topped second-seeded Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke, 7-5, 6-3. They become the third Virginia team to reach the NCAA Doubles Final. Michael Shabaz and Dominic Inglot won the title in 2009 and Shabaz repeated as champion in 2010, teaming with Drew Courtney.

Styslinger and Jenkins will play unseeded Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas in the final. The Longhorn pair, ranked No. 41 nationally, have upset the No. 1 seed, a 5-8 seed and the No. 3 seed in the last three rounds. The two teams played in March during the Virginia-Texas dual match in Austin. Jenkins and Styslinger led 5-3 in a match that did not finish as the Cavaliers had already clinched the doubles point.

“I am just happy to be here and playing with Jarmere in this tournament,” said Styslinger. “We are really looking forward to playing for a national championship. We know that the Texas team is really hot right now and are playing some great doubles. It should be a good match.”


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