CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– Top-ranked Virginia clinched their unprecedented eighth consecutive ACC regular season crown Friday with a 6-1 victory against Clemson at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (25-0, 10-0 ACC) extended their ACC-record win streak to 73 consecutive victories over conference competition and their school-record home winning streak to 86 matches. The Tigers fell to 15-10 overall and 2-8 in the ACC.
The Cavaliers opened the match strong, sweeping all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Michael Shabaz and Justin Shane teamed at No. 1 to down Zachary Rigsby and Yanick Maden 8-3. Julen Uriguen and Santiago Villegas posted an 8-4 win at No. 3 over Kevin Galloway and Moritz Dettinger. Jarmere Jenkins and Steven Rooda completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over Derek DiFazio and Robert Pietrucha at No. 2.
In singles, the Cavaliers doubled their lead as Uriguen topped Rigsby 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5. Villegas added a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Cal Hilsman before Shabaz clinched the win with a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 1 over DiFazio. Shane’s 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 over Gerardo Meza made the score 5-0 before Clemson got their only point at No. 3, where Galloway edged Singh in a third-set match tiebreaker. Jenkins closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Maden at No. 2.
“Overall I felt like we played well,” said head coach Brian Boland. “We had to mix up the lineup a little bit again today but some guys stepped up for us. We are going through some adversity that we have never gone through before, but I think that is good. The scores are the same as previous years, but there have been some bigger challenges. Things aren’t comfortable for this team and I think that will only help us in the long run by forcing us to improve and play at a higher level.”
Virginia becomes the first ACC men’s tennis program to win at least a share of the regular season title in eight consecutive years (2004-11). The previous record was seven consecutive titles by Duke from 1997-2003.