CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Tenth-ranked Virginia returned home Saturday to post its largest win of the season, downing No. 8 Baylor 6-1 at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improved to 7-1 with the victory, while the Bears fell to 8-3 on the season.
"I think Baylor is a top-five team and is certainly a national championship contender," head coach Brian Boland said. "This was a tough match for us. We knew we were going to have to play at a high level today. I felt like coming off our first loss in almost two years that the guys were focused and we have come a long way in just a couple of weeks. We are looking forward to another challenging match tomorrow against Notre Dame."
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning a close doubles point. There were few break point chances on all three courts and every match went to a tiebreaker. Virginia took the early edge as Alex Domijan and Justin Shane topped Mate Zsiga and Patrick Pradella 8-7(3) at No. 1 doubles. The Cavaliers clinched the opening point as Mitchell Frank and Luca Corinteli won 8-7(3) at No. 2 doubles.
Virginia opened singles strong, winning four of the six first sets. The UVa lead in the match was doubled quickly as Mac Styslinger cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 against Lupieri. The lead was extended to 3-0 with Domijan's 6-4, 6-3 win against Galeano at the No. 3 position. Baylor cut the advantage to 3-1 as sixth-ranked Julian Lenz won a top-10 showdown with fourth-ranked Frank 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
The match was clinched at No. 2, where Ryan Shane posted the highest-ranked win of his career, topping 13th-ranked Pradella 6-4, 6-2. Virginia closed out the match with wins by Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at No. 6 and Justin Shane at No. 4 to make the final score 6-1.