CHARLOTTESVILLE – Top-ranked Virginia improved to 4-0 on the season with a pair of victories Sunday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers defeated No. 36 Notre Dame 9-1 in the first match of the day and followed that with a 9-0 win against Eastern Kentucky in the day’s second match.
Against the Fighting Irish (1-1), the teams played an alternative scoring match with eight singles and four doubles matches. The match started with the teams splitting the No. 7 and No. 8 singles matches, with Philippe Oudshoorn (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands) winning at No. 8 for the Cavaliers.
In doubles, the Cavaliers swept all four matches to earn to team points in this match format. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Steven Eelkman Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) won at No. 3, while Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) winning at No. 4 to give Virginia the early advantage. The Cavaliers won at the top two positions in tiebreaks to complete the sweep, with Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) winning at No. 1 and the duo of Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) winning at No. 2.
In singles, Virginia got straight set wins from Shabaz at No. 1, Courtney at No. 5, Singh at No. 3 and Shane at No. 6. Domijan and Jenkins both rallied from losing the first set to win in three sets at No. 2 and No. 4 respectively.
The second match of the day also used an alternative scoring format, with a traditional doubles point before eight singles matches. The Cavaliers edged Eastern Kentucky (2-2) with tiebreak wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to win the opening point, as Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) and Oudshoorn won at No. 1 and Singh teamed with Dino Dell’Orto (Hong Kong, China) to win at No. 2.
In singles, the Cavaliers won in the top seven positions in straight sets. Singh, Courtney, Shane and Oudshoorn all won their second matches of the day. Uriguen, Villegas and Brian Fang (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) also added straight set wins. The shutout was completed at No. 8, where Reese Milner (Los Angeles, Calif.) battled back from losing the first set for a 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory.
The wins extended Virginia’s school-record home win streak to 78 consecutive matches.