The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team overcame an early deficit with strong singles play to record a 6-1 win at No. 18 Virginia Tech Tuesday Night. The Cavaliers (11-1, 2-0 ACC) won their 50th consecutive match against an ACC opponent (regular season and postseason) and handed the Hokies (5-2, 1-1) their first conference loss.
Virginia fell behind early by dropping the doubles point. The Hokie team of Luka Somen and Corrado Tocci downed Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) 8-4 at No. 3 doubles. Yoann Re and Sebastien Jacques clinched the opening point for Tech with a 9-7 win over Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood Tenn.) at the No. 2 position. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) won at the No. 1 spot for the Cavaliers with an 8-7(5) victory over Patrick Daciek and Will Beck.
The Cavaliers bounced back in singles, winning all six first sets. The dual match was tied at 1-1 when Courtney completed a 6-1, 7-5 win over Tocci at No. 3 singles. Jenkins gave Virginia a 2-1 lead with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Daciek at the No. 4 position. Singer added to the lead with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Jacques at No. 6 and Shabaz clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Re at No. 1. Singh added a win at No. 2, rallying from down 5-2 in the first set for a 7-5, 6-2 win over Somen. Barrick concluded the match with a win over Beck at No. 5 singles in a third-set match tiebreaker to complete the singles sweep.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Saturday with a tripleheader. Virginia hosts Wofford at 9 a.m., Liberty at 1 p.m. and Longwood at 5 p.m.