Virginia winning ACC tennis matches is nothing out of the ordinary. After all, the Hoos haven't dropped a conference match in its last 92 tries, the longest active ACC streak in any sport. Still, winning ACC Championships isn't getting old for head coach Brian Boland and his team, who cruised to a 4-1 win over Duke in the final to pick up their 6th straight title and 8th in the past 9 years..
UVA romped through the first two rounds of the tournament, downing Maryland and Florida State, each by 4-0 scores. The easy win over the Seminoles was a particularly good sign, as Virginia had edged them just 4-3 in Charlottesville last weekend.
The final was moved indoors because of rain, which wasn't a problem for the Hoos, who especially thrive indoors. Still, #8 Duke, who have fallen in the final in each of the past three years, posed the toughest conference competition. After the top-seeded (and #2 nationally-ranked) Wahoo team won the doubles point, it was only a matter of time until Duke would succumb, though the Blue Devils did mangage to get on the board when Julien Uriguen fell in straight sets. #42 Alex Domijan started UVA off with a singles win, and Drew Courtney also won in two sets. #5 Jarmere Jenkins clinched the championship when he defeated fourth-ranked Henrique Cunha in a second-set tiebreak. It was the second time this season the two closely-matched players competed, with Jenkins coming out on top both times.
Courtney, a fourth-year, was named the Tournament MVP after winning all six sets he competed in.
Boland, while thrilled about the win, was already looking forward to the competition ahead. "We played well today and needed to because Duke played a great match today," he said. "We have so much respect for Duke, and knew we would need to play at a high level to win today. I think we needed a good, competitive match like this to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Each championship we have won is special. Every year it is a different group of guys and you want to see them be successful as a reward for all their hard work."
The Hoos have some time off until the first round of the NCAA Tournament kicks off on May 12th, presumedly at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville. The full 64-team field and opening pairings will be announced on May 1st at 5:30 PM on NCAA.com.