Virginia Tennis Teams Split Matchups With Duke

March 23, 2012

UVa men's tennis picks up 14th win on the season

In a matchup of the two highest ranked teams in the ACC, the third-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team used strong singles play to record a 4-3 win over No. 6 Duke Friday. The Cavaliers (14-1, 4-0 ACC) won four singles matches to rally for the victory.

Despite making changes to their pairings, the Cavaliers fell behind early 1-0 by losing the doubles point for the third consecutive road match. Alex Domijan and Julen Uriguen teamed at No. 2 for an 8-1 win over Fred Saba and David Holland to give Virginia the early edge. Duke answered with an 8-3 win at No. 3 by Cale Hammond and Raphael Hemmeler over Steven Rooda and Philippe Oudshoorn. The opening point was decided by the match at No. 1 where Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel used a late break to edge Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney 8-6 and give the Blue Devils the lead.

Virginia would rally in singles, winning the first three matches off the courts to take a 3-1 lead. Domijan cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mengel at No. 2, followed shortly by Mitchell Frank’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Hemmeler at No. 3. Justin Shane added a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 5 over Jason Tahir. Duke answered with a pair of straight set wins to draw even at 3-3. Hammond defeated Uriguen 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 and Saba topped Courtney 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4.

The match came down to the contest at No. 1 where two of the nation’s top seven ranked players battled. Seventh-ranked Jenkins and third-ranked Cunha held serve every game of the first set before Jenkins won the first set tiebreaker. The second set was tied at 1-1 before Jenkins rolled off five consecutive games to close out the 7-6(4), 6-1 victory.

The win was Virginia's 82nd consecutive victory against ACC competition, extending its conference record. The Cavaliers return to action on Sunday as they visit No. 20 North Carolina.

Virginia women drop first ACC contest

The eighth-ranked Virginia women's tennis team had its six-match win streak snapped Friday, falling 4-3 to No. 5 Duke at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Blue Devils rallied in singles to win four matches and handed the Cavaliers (12-3, 3-1 ACC) their first conference loss of the season.

Virginia made changes to its doubles lineup and the new lineup made an immediate impact as the Cavaliers swept all three matches to take a 1-0 lead. Hana Tomljanovic and Erin Vierra moved up to the No. 1 spot and topped Beatrice Capra and Rachel Kahan 8-3. Li Xi teamed with Caryssa Peretz at No. 3 and the duo rallied from down a break for most of the match to win the final four games for an 8-6 win over Hanna Mar and Annie Mulholland. Emily Fraser and Lindsey Hardenbergh completed the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld.

In singles, the Blue Devils drew even as Capra topped Fraser 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 position. Clayton gave Duke the lead as she downed Vierra 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. At No. 3, Xi had just won the first set against Kahan when she suffered an injury that hampered her until she retired early in the third set, extending the Duke lead to 3-1. Mar clinched the victory for the Blue Devils with her 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 over Tomljanovic. Virginia won the final two matches in three sets. Hardenbergh topped Goldfeld 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 2 and Peretz downed Monica Turewicz 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

Virginia concludes its five-match homestand on Sunday as it hosts No. 11 North Carolina.

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