STANFORD, Calif. — Top-ranked Virginia advanced the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year with a 4-0 win against No. 18 Illinois on Thursday night at the Taube South Courts. After waiting all day for a start that ended up being after 9:30 p.m. PT, the Cavaliers quickly dispatched of the Fighting Illini, winning the match in a little more than two hours.
“I would never say a match is easy, and Illinois fought hard tonight,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “We have played them three times this year and each time has been a battle. I thought our doubles play was really impressive. The guys came out and looked like they were ready to play from the get go. That then carried into singles. I was proud of the effort and it was a good start to the tournament.”
The Cavaliers opened the match by dominating doubles play, winning the opening point in just 33 minutes. Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz gave Virginia the early edge, blanking Johnny Hamui and Abe Souza 8-0 at the top spot. Jarmere Jenkins and Julen Uriguen closed out an 8-2 win at No. 2 versus Brian Alden and Dennis Nevolo to clinch the point. Alex Domijan and Sanam Singh led 7-2 at No. 3 in the match that was abandoned.
In singles, Virginia continued its momentum and won all six first sets. Domijan doubled the Cavalier advantage with his 6-2, 6-2 victory against KU Singh at No. 2. Jenkins made the score 3-0 with his 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 against Souza seconds before Singh clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Roy Kalmanovich at No. 3.