STARKVILLE, Miss. — Third-ranked Virginia began a two-game spring-break trip to Mississippi with a 4-3 victory against No. 12 Mississippi State on Tuesday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. Jarmere Jenkins rallied for a three-set win at No. 1 singles in the decisive match to lift the Cavaliers (9-1) to their ninth win of the season. The Bulldogs fell to 11-3 overall and had their seven-match win streak snapped.
Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin gave the Bulldogs the early edge with an 8-5 win at No. 2 against Jenkins and Philippe Oudshoorn. Virginia drew even at No. 3 where Mitchell Frank and Julen Uriguen topped James Chaudry and Zach White 8-4. In the decisive match at No. 1, Louis Cant and Malte Stropp edged Alex Domijan and Steven Rooda 9-7 to give Mississippi State the opening point.
In singles, Virginia drew even as Domijan defeated Chaudry 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 position. Uriguen gave the Cavaliers the lead as he completed a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 6 against White.
Mississippi State tied the match at 2-2 when Coupland topped Oudshoorn 7-5, 7-6(3) at No. 5 singles. The Cavaliers retook the lead 3-2 as Frank downed Stropp 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot.
The final two matches went to a decisive third set. At No. 4, Cant rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win against Justin Shane to tie the match at 3-3. The match came down to the contest at No. 1 singles, where Jenkins rallied from down a set and a break to force a third set against Ilyushin.
In the final set, the players traded breaks to start and the match remained even until 3-3. Ilyushin broke Jenkins to take a 4-3 lead, but Jenkins broke back, held his own serve before breaking Ilyushin again to close out the 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.