Both the men's and women's tennis programs had incredible success this weekend. The No. 1 men became the first program ever to have won four consecutive ITA National Team Indoors Championships, defeating No. 3 Tennessee 4-0 on Monday, in a rematch of last year's final. The women, after upsetting No. 3 Baylor, vaulted to a program-high No. 9 ranking in the country, eclipsing the previous high ranking of No. 17, set in 1994.
"This is a great accomplishment and I am so proud of these guys," men's head coach Brian Boland said. "This tournament is full of great teams and it gets to tougher to defend this title each year. We know we are going to get everyone's best shot, but this group loves to rise to that challenge. This year they were resilient in how they handled some tough situations and challenges and rose to the occasion to play at a high level all week."
The team won all four doubles points this weekend, including the doubles point against Tennessee, who rode a 22-match doubles point win streak heading into the match. The Cavaliers also won five of the six first sets. The only other school to win more than two in a row was Stanford, which won the first three events in the mid 1970s.
On the women's side, the previously No. 23 Cavaliers pulled off the huge 4-3 upset over No. 3 Baylor, the highest ranked opponent the team has ever defeated. The match came down to a big come-from-behind victory by Lindsey Hardenbergh, who rallied from 5-1 down in the third set to win 7-6(6) at No. 2. Though Virginia then lost 4-2 to No. 6 Duke, they came back to win 4-0 over No. 20 Northwestern.
The men will begin their outdoor season on March 9 at LSU, while the women will compete this weekend at the 2011 Blue/Gray Tennis Classic in Alabama, as the highest ranked team in the field.