DURHAM, N.C. — In a matchup of the two highest ranked teams in the ACC, third-ranked Virginia used strong singles play to record a 4-3 win against No. 6 Duke Friday at the Ambler Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (14-1, 4-0 ACC) won four singles matches to rally for the victory over the Blue Devils (13-3, 2-1 ACC).
Despite making changes to their pairings, the Cavaliers fell behind early 1-0 by losing the doubles point for the third consecutive road match. Alex Domijan and Julen Uriguen teamed at No. 2 for an 8-1 win against Fred Saba and David Holland to give Virginia the early edge. Duke answered with an 8-3 win at No. 3 by Cale Hammond and Raphael Hemmeler against Steven Rooda and Philippe Oudshoorn. The opening point was decided by the match at No. 1 where Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel used a late break to edge Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) 8-6 and give the Blue Devils the lead.
Virginia would rally in singles, winning the first three matches off the courts to take a 3-1 lead. Domijan cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win against Mengel at No. 2, followed shortly by Mitchell Frank’s 6-2, 6-2 win against Hemmeler at No. 3. Justin Shane added a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 5 against Jason Tahir. Duke answered with a pair of straight-set wins to draw even at 3-3. Hammond defeated Uriguen 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 and Saba topped Courtney 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4.
The match came down to the contest at No. 1 where two of the nation’s top seven ranked players battled. Seventh-ranked Jenkins and third-ranked Cunha held serve every game of the first set before Jenkins won the first set tiebreaker. The second set was tied at 1-1 before Jenkins rolled off five consecutive games to close out the 7-6(4), 6-1 victory.
The win was Virginia’s 82nd consecutive victory against ACC competition, extending its conference record.