CHARLOTTESVILLE — For the third time in the past six years, the Virginia men’s tennis team is No. 1 in the ITA preseason rankings. The Cavaliers, who were also the preseason No. 1 team in 2006 and 2008, received 23 of the 48 first place votes to open the season ahead of No. 2 and reigning NCAA champion USC.
In the first computer singles rankings of the season, Virginia led all schools with seven players ranked among the nation’s top 125 players, including five of the top 30. Freshman Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) is No. 3, senior Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) is No. 10, junior Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) is No. 17, sophomore Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) is No. 19 and senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) is No. 27. Sophomore Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) earned his highest career ranking at No. 77 and freshman Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) received his first career ranking at No. 105.
In doubles, the Cavaliers had two of the top 10 ranked teams. Reigning NCAA champions Courtney and Shabaz are No. 3, while the team of Domijan and Jenkins is No. 10.
The Cavaliers open the 2011 season on Jan. 18 as they host William & Mary at 6 p.m. at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.