CHARLOTTESVILLE – Top-ranked Virginia took on its highest-ranked opponent of the season, but still posted a 7-0 victory as it downed No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday night at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improved to 8-0 on the season, while handing the Wildcats (6-1) their first loss of the year.
“Kentucky has a great program and can compete with anyone,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “A win like this is a strong indication of where we are as a team and the improvement we have made since the start of the season. This is a long season and there is a lot of tennis to be played, but we are excited for the opportunity to keep working on improving as a team.”
The victory extended the Cavaliers’ school-record home winning streak to 82 matches. Virginia also avenged last season’s 4-3 loss at Kentucky, the Cavaliers’ only regular season loss since 2007.
In doubles, the Cavaliers took the opening point by sweeping all three matches. Reigning NCAA doubles champions Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney remained unbeaten in 2010-11 as they topped All-Americans Brad Cox and Eric Quigley 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. Sanam Singh and Steven Rooda followed with a 9-7 win at No. 3 against Alberto Gonzalez and Tom Jomby. Alex Domijan and Jarmere Jenkins completed the sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 2 against Alex Musialek and Anthony Rossi.
In singles, Virginia won all six matches in straight sets to remain undefeated this season at every singles spot.
Third-ranked Domijan cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win against No. 39 Musialek at No. 2 to double the Cavalier lead. Jenkins followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Rossi at No. 4.
In the featured matchup of the night, No. 27 Shabaz topped second-ranked Quigley 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1, which clinched the dual match victory.
Justin Shane then defeated Jomby 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 to extend the lead to 5-0. In the final two matches on the courts, the Cavaliers rallied from losing the first set to win in three sets, as Courtney topped Gonzalez at No. 5 and Singh defeated Cox at No. 3.