Virginia Wins 83rd Straight ACC Match With Win Over North Carolina

March 25, 2012

In a matchup of the two of the three undefeated teams in ACC play this season, the No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team downed No. 20 North Carolina 6-1 Sunday. It was the Cavaliers (15-1, 5-0 ACC) eighth straight win.

Virginia opened the match by winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan and Julen Uriguen gave Virginia an early edge with an 8-4 win at No. 2 over Brennan Boyajian and Esben Hess-Olesen. Mitchell Frank and Justin Shane teamed for the first time at No. 3, where they downed William Parker and Oystein Steiro 8-3 to clinch the point. At No. 1, UNC’s team of Jose Hernandez and Joey Burkhardt topped Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney, 8-4.

Virginia quickly sealed the victory in singles, winning the first five matches off the courts in straight sets. The Cavaliers dominated at the top three positions, losing just nine total games at those spots.

Domijan defeated Hess-Olesen 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3, Frank cruised past Boyajian 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, and Jenkins posted a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Hernandez to clinch the victory.

Shane added a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 over Parker and Courtney downed Burkhardt 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 to extend the lead to 6-0. In the final match to finish, Steiro defeated Uriguen in three sets at the No. 6 position for North Carolina’s lone point of the day.

The win was Virginia's 83rd consecutive victory against ACC competition, extending its conference record.

The Cavaliers return home on Friday as they host Wake Forest.

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