No. 1 Virginia earns 100th ACC win in a row, shuts out No. 25 Clemson
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Top-ranked Virginia recorded a milestone win Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center, downing No. 25 Clemson 7-0 for the program’s 100th consecutive victory against ACC competition. The Cavaliers, who improved to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the conference this season, haven’t lost to an ACC foe (regular season or postseason) since the 2006 ACC tournament.
“We are thrilled to get another ACC win and to reach the 100-win mark is a great milestone,” head coach Brian Boland said. “When I first came to the University of Virginia, I thought anything was possible, but I never dreamed that we could win 100 [consecutive] matches in this conference. It is a tribute to a lot of great players that have come through this program. It has been a great journey and hopefully it is only the beginning.”
The streak is the longest in ACC men’s tennis history and the second longest in conference history for all sports. The Duke women’s tennis team won 116 consecutive matches against ACC opponents from 1989 to 2000.
For the sixth consecutive match, Virginia took a 1-0 lead by sweeping all the doubles matches. Justin Shane and Julen Uriguen gave the Cavaliers the edge with an 8-3 win at No. 3 against Hunter Harrington and Gerardo Meza. The other two matches went to a decisive tiebreaker as the Tigers threatened to become the second team to win a doubles point this year against Virginia. Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank clinched the point with a 9-8(4) win at No. 2 against Ayrton Wibowo and Zachary Rigsby. At No. 1. Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger topped brothers Yannick and Dominique Maden 9-8(4) to complete the sweep.
In singles, the Cavaliers won all six first sets and took four of those matches in straight sets. Uriguen quickly doubled the UVa lead with his 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 6 against Austin Ansari. At No. 3, Frank won 10 consecutive games after trailing 3-2 in the first set for a 6-3, 6-0 win against Meza. Styslinger sealed the win for Virginia as he downed Rigsby 7-6(6), 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
“I think this accomplishment means a lot to the program,” Styslinger said. “To be able to clinch the 100th straight ACC victory is something very special to me. I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard, so I didn’t know I was the clinching point right away. As a first-year, I don’t think I can quite grasp how impressive this streak is, but I am proud to have contributed to it.”
Ryan Shane topped Dominique Maden 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 4 and Jenkins followed with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory against Yannick Maden at No. 1. Domijan completed the shutout with his 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-3 win against Harrington at the No. 2 spot.
“We didn’t play our best, but give Clemson credit for playing at a high level [Friday],” Boland said. “The guys made things a little tougher on themselves than it needed to be. It wasn’t always the prettiest tennis [Friday], but I was happy with how we fought to win each match.”