Virginia 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Virginia 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2May 14, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE The second ranked Virginia mens tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year with a 4-2 win over No. 25 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before a Snyder Tennis Center record 627 fans Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers and Islanders battled for over four hours before Virginia was able to rally in singles to win the match.
The Cavaliers (26-2) fell behind early after losing the doubles point for the first time in 13 matches. The Islander duo of Javier Bacaicoa and Goncalo Figueirdeo upset No. 39 ranked Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandia, Va.) 8-4 at No. 2 doubles to give TAMU-CC an early advantage. Virginia drew even when Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) defeated Oscar Roman and Raul Mornat-Rivas at No. 3 doubles, 8-5. With the opening point on the line, Jeremy Blandin and Andre Kumantsov clinched it for TAMU-CC with a 9-8 win over No. 21 ranked Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Nick Meythaler (Owensboro, Ky.).
Virginia needed to rally in singles, and came out strong winning five of the six first sets. The Cavaliers tied the match when Huey finished a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kumantsov at No. 4 singles. The Islanders retook the lead with a win at No. 6, as Bacaicoa defeated Cohen 6-1, 6-4. The match was once again tied when No. 12 ranked Stewart posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 59 Blandin at No. 1 singles. The match remained 2-2 for almost an hour as the two teams battled for two more points that would clinch victory for one of them. Virginia got those two points within a minute of each other as Rizza capped a three set win over Figueirdeo at No. 3 singles seconds before Devvarman clinched the match with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Morant-Rivas at No. 2 singles.
The Cavaliers win extends their school record winning streaks of consecutive matches to 15 and consecutive home matches to 16. Virginia also improves to 4-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches at the Snyder Tennis Center. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, finishes the season with a 22-8 record.
Today was a great college tennis match, as strong of battle in a regional final as you will ever see, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is a top 15-20 program and pushed us to the limits. I was really proud of our team to come back in singles after dropping a close doubles point. We hadnt lost a doubles point in a long time, so it was good for our team to fight through that adversity today.
Virginia will meet the winner of the Washington-Southern California match in the round of 16 on May 21 in College Station, Texas.
No. 2 Virginia 4, No. 25 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2
1. Blandin/Kumantsov (TAMU-CC) def. #21 Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) 9-8 (4)
2. Bacaicoa/Figueirdeo (TAMU-CC) def. #39 Devvarman/Huey (UVa) 8-4
3. Cohen/Stewart (UVa) def. Roman/Morant-Rivas (TAMU-CC) 8-5
1. #12 Doug Stewart (UVa) def. #59 Jeremy Blandin (TAMU-CC) 6-4, 6-4
2. #30 Somdev Devvarman (UVa) def. Raul Morant-Rivas (TAMU-CC) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7)
3. #33 Rylan Rizza (UVa) def. Goncalo Figueirdeo (TAMU-CC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4. Treat Huey (UVa) def. Andre Kumantsov (TAMU-CC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Max Godine (TAMU-CC) led #112 Marko Miklo (UVa) 0-6, 6-4, 3-2 DNF
6. Javier Bacaicoa (TAMU-CC) def. #81 Darrin Cohen (UVa) 6-1, 6-4
-- Courtesy Virginia