The top-ranked Virginia men's and 24th-ranked Virginia women's tennis teams have each kicked off their spring seasons. The men handed William & Mary its first loss of the season with a 12-1 win, while the women concluded play at the UVa Winter Invitational with the singles title.
For the men, the only loss came from the sophomore duo of Brian Fang and Reese Milner. Reigning NCAA doubles champions and third-ranked Micahel Shabaz and Drew Courtney remained unbeaten this season, while third ranked freshman Alex Domijan won his first career dual match single match. The win extended Virginia's school-record home win streak to 75 consecutive matches.
For the women, No. 88 Emily Fraser clinched the singles title at the tournament, rallying from down 5-2 in the third set over No. 33 Whitney Wolf of LSU. Virginia won in all eight singles flights and won Flights B (No. 10 Hana Tomljanovic and Fraser) and C (Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra) in doubles.
The men return to action on Friday against No. 16 Illinois, where former UVa All-American Brian Vahaly will have his jersey retired. Vahaly was once ranked as high as No. 64 in the world -- the highest any Cavalier has reached. We caught up with him a while back to ask him a few questions.
The women will open the dual match season on Saturday, hosting a double header against No. 62 Brown and Richmond.