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Cavs Cruise to 69 Home Game Winning Streak

The No. 1 Virginia men's tennis team is unbeatable when in the cozy confines of Charlottesville, VA.  The Hoos are now on a 69-game home winning streak, after crushing their opponents this weekend: No. 49 Miami 7-0, Florida State 5-2, and Delaware 10-1. Virginia has not lost in ACC play in 52 matches now, and they will put that on the line this weekend when to travel to No. 18 Chapel Hill.

Against Miami, Virginia opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches from the Hurricanes (6-7, 0-4 ACC). Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) won at No. 1, the duo of Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) won at No. 2, and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) won at No. 3.

In singles, the Cavaliers swept all six contests and are yet to drop a singles match in ACC play this season. Barrick topped Waylon Chin 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 to make the score 2-0. Singer added a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ignacio Taboada at No. 6. Courtney clinched the win with his 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 over David Simon. Singh posted a straight set win over Carl Sundberg at No. 2 before Jenkins and Shabaz recorded three-set wins at No. 3 and No. 1 respectively to complete the sweep.

On Saturday, Virginia opened the day by defeating the Seminoles (11-5, 4-2 ACC). The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) cruised to an 8-2 win over Connor Smith and Vahid Mirzadeh at No. 1. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) remained unbeaten as a pair with their 8-6 win over Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed at the No. 3 position.

In singles, the Cavaliers quickly extended their lead to 3-0 with wins at No. 5 and No. 6, as Barrick topped Reed 6-2, 6-2 and Singer downed Jordan Kelly-Houston 6-2, 6-4. After Mirzadeh upset third-ranked Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) at No. 2 to cut the lead to 3-1, Shabaz clinched the win with his 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win over Jean-Yves Aubone at No. 1. Jenkins later added a 7-6, 6-2 win over Bucaro.

In the second match of the doubleheader, Virginia topped Delaware (5-7) 10-1 in a match using an alternative scoring system. The teams played four doubles and seven singles matches, all worth one point.

The Cavaliers opened the match by winning three of the four doubles matches against the Blue Hens. In singles, Virginia won all seven matches. Steven Eelkman Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands), Philippe Oudshoorn (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands), Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia), Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Dino Dell'Orto (Hong Kong, China) and Brian Fang (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) all won in straight sets and Milo Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.) added a three-set win.