DURHAM, N.C. - No. 1 Virginia began its quest for a fifth consecutive ACC Tournament title with a 4-0 win against No. 48 Maryland in the quaterfinals on Friday. The Cavaliers (27-0) extended their ACC-record win streak to 75 consecutive victories versus conference competition, while Terrapins fell to 12-12.
The Cavaliers opened the match by taking a close doubles point. Virginia took the early advantage as Alex Domijan teamed with Sanam Singh for the first time and the duo topped Tommy Laine and Mathias Sarrazin, 8-3, at No. 3. The Terrapins drew even when John Collins and Maros Horny defeated Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney, 8-5, at the top spot. With the opening point on the line, the match at No. 2 went to a tiebreaker, where Jarmere Jenkins and Julen Uriguen topped Andy Magee and Jesse Kiuru, 10-8, in the breaker for the 9-8 victory.
In singles, Virginia doubled its lead when Shabaz won at No. 1 after Horny retired following the first set. Singh extended the lead to 3-0 with his 6-1, 6-3 win against Sergio Wyss at the No. 3 position. Jenkins clinched the Cavalier victory as he completed a 6-3, 6-3 win versus Laine at No. 4 singles. The final three matches of the day were abandoned with Virginia leading.
“I was very impressed with Maryland today,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “Their depth matches anyone in the ACC and they fought hard and deserve a lot of credit. I am pleased with how we competed today and I am confident we will continue to improve with each match.”
The match was moved indoors due to rain in Cary, N.C., where the tournament is being held at the Cary Tennis Park.
The Cavaliers will meet No. 16 Georgia Tech in the semifinals on Saturday.