May 23, 2010

Courtesy of Virginia

ATHENS, Ga. ----- The top-ranked University of Virginia men's tennis team held off No. 9 UCLA, 4-2, to advance to the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.

UCLA had won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead over the Cavaliers, but Virginia responded by winning four of five singles to secure the win. In doubles, UCLA got wins at one and two. On one, the 16th-ranked pair of Amit Inbar and Nick Meister defeated No. 14 Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney in a tiebreaker, 9-8(4). Court two came next as the Bruins' Haythem Abid and Matt Brooklyn rolled past No. 41 Houston Barrick and anam Singh, 8-2, to secure the point.

But Virginia won the first singles match to even it, as 11th-ranked Shabaz defeated No. 71 Meister, 6-3, 6-2, on court one. The Cavaliers then went up 2-1 as court four ended with No. 46 Courtney posting a 6-3, 7-5 decision over No. 117 Inbar. Next off was 14th-ranked Singh, who increased UVA's lead to 3-1 with his three-set victory over No. 51 Abid, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. UCLA stayed alive and pushed it to 3-2 with a win on three, as Ni. 58 Brooklyn edged No. 57 Jarmere Jenkins, 6-4, 6-3. But the Cavaliers closed it out on court six as Julen Uriguen bested the Bruins' Tabatruong, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 after losing the first set to give Virginia the 4-2 win and the first place in the semifinals.

Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
"It was a great match, certainly. I am thrilled with the outcome. UCLA is a great team and I'm very proud of the effort after a tough doubles point. Our guys played with a lot of toughness and resilience."

UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
"I thought we played a great match. For a long time during it, I thought we had a good chance to win. Doubles went well and when Matt won on court 3 I felt we were in a good position. Right now, I don't really know what happened. Virginia turned it around on the bottom courts, and Singh played a great third set to clinch it. Overall, I still felt we played well and fought hard. Today, Virginia was just the better team."

#1 VIRGINIA (39-1) def. #9 UCLA (17-7), 4-2 Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Billy Martin (UCLA) Doubles (Order of finish: 2,1) 1. #16 Amit Inbar/Nick Meister (UCLA) def. #14 Michael Shabaz/Drew Courtney (VIRGINIA), 9-8(4) 2. Haythem Abid/Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. #41 Houston Barrick/Sanam Singh (VIRGINIA), 8-2 3. Lee Singer/Jarmere Jenkins (VIRGINIA) vs. Alex Brigham/Holden Seguso (UCLA), 8-7, unf.

Singles (Order of finish: 1,4,2,3,6*)
1. #11 Michael Shabaz (VIRGINIA) def. #71 Rick Meister (UCLA), 6-3, 6-2 2. #14 Sanam Singh (VIRGINIA) def. #51 Haythem Abid (UCLA), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 3. #58 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. #57 Jarmere Jenkins (VIRGINIA), 6-4, 6-3 4. #46 Drew Courtney (VIRGINIA) def. #117 Amit Inbar (UCLA), 6-3, 7-5
5.#106 Houston Barrick (VIRGINIA) vs. Holden Seguso (UCLA), 2-6, 6-4, 2-3, unf.
6. Julen Uriguen (VIRGINIA) def. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA), 5-7, 6-2, 6-0