UVa earns tough 5-2 road win
Cavaliers have won 72 conference matches in a row
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In a closely contested contest against the top team in the nation on Senior Day, Wake Forest fought hard, but Virginia proved why they're tops in the country.
The Cavaliers concluded the road portion of its regular season schedule with a 5-2 win against the 34th-ranked Demon Deacons. UVA (24-0, 9-0 ACC) extended its ACC-record win streak to 72 consecutive victories versus conference competition, while Wake Forest fell to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
Virginia opened the match strong, winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan and Steven Rooda topped Danny Kreyman and Jonathan Wolff, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot. Michael Shabaz and Justin Shane clinched the opening point with their 8-5 win at No. 1 against Iain Atkinson and David Hopkins.
Wake Forest lost the first set of every singles match, but it was the seniors, Atkinson and Wolff, that provided the Jackets with a momentary spark. Danny Kreyman and Tripper Carleton also won the second set of their matches.
Kreyman scored the first win for Wake Forest at No. 4, defeating Shane, ranked No. 120, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Atkinson notched the best victory of his career at No. 3 singles against No. 25 Sanam Singh. After coming back to force a third set, the Washington, England native fell down a break twice in the deciding frame, providing Singh with a chance to serve out the match at 5-4. Atkinson broke back and went on to win the final three games to close out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory. Singh was the highest-ranked player that he had defeated in his time at Wake Forest.
"I'm so happy for that Iain was able to get that win, especially on Senior Day," said Wake Forest head coach Jeff Zinn. "Sanam is one of the better players in the country, and for Iain to be able to come back from down a break twice in the third set shows why he's a guy that I always know I can count on when I need a win."
Wolff battled Domijan, the No. 2 player in the country, to a third set. It was the first time all season that any opponent had won a set off of the Virginia freshman in a dual match. The two battled back and forth through the final set, but Domijan was able to get the deciding break at 5-4 to post a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win, remaining undefeated this spring and clinching the victory for the Cavaliers.
Carleton would face just as tough of a test at No. 2 singles where he squared off against No. 5 Michael Shabaz. After losing the first set, the Jenkintown, Pa. native rallied from a 4-2 deficit to take the second set, 6-4. Carleton jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final set, but the Cavalier senior came back to force a tiebreak, which he eventually claimed to take the match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
Virginia's Julen Uriguen cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Adam Lee at No. 5. Santiago Villegas extended the advantage to 3-0 as he completed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Zach Leslie.
Wake's lone doubles win of the day came at the No. 3 position where Carleton and Lee defeated Uriguen and Villegas, 8-6.