CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – - Top-ranked Virginia won Sunday’s match between the two remaining undefeated teams in ACC play, downing No. 17 North Carolina 5-2 Sunday afternoon in front of 548 fans at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (22-0, 7-0 ACC) extended their ACC-record win streak to 70 consecutive victories over conference competition and their school record home winning streak to 85 matches, while the Tar Heels fell to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
In doubles play, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan and Steven Rooda topped Cameron Ahari and Alex Rafiee 8-3 at No. 3 to give UVa the early advantage. Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney followed with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Brennan Boyajian and Jose Hernandez to clinch the first point for the Cavaliers.
In singles, the Tar Heels tied the match at 1-1 as Joey Burkhardt defeated Jarmere Jenkins 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4. Virginia retook the lead when Courtney downed William Parker 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 and seconds later Sanam Singh closed out a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stefan Hardy at No. 3 to make the score 3-1. Domijan clinched the victory with his 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 over Boyajian. Julen Uriguen added a win at No. 6 over Taylor Meyer before Hernandez topped Shabaz in three sets at No. 1 in the final match on the courts.
“I am pleased to get the win,” said head coach Brian Boland. “We could have played better in some places. North Carolina played with a lot of energy and there were some spots where we didn’t match it. We had two tough matches this weekend against good Duke and Carolina teams. I think it is good for our team to face some adversity because that is how we will improve as a team. We are going to continue to work hard and we know that the most important part of the season is still ahead of us.”