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Top-Ranked Virginia Blanks Clemson; Earn 1-seed in ACCs

Michael Shabaz, courtesy UVa Media RelationsThe No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis squad is in sole possession of the longest ACC winning streak against conference opponents, extending that number to 58 with a 7-0 victory over No. 44 Clemson this weekend in their regular season finale. An overall record of 32-1, and an ACC record of 11-0, earned the Cavaliers the top seed in the ACC Championship, which gets under way this Thursday in Cary, NC.

Against Clemson this past weekend, all six Virginia men won their singles matches by a combined 74-31, not dropping a single set.  In doubles, the Hoos secured the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, but Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney were upset at No. 1.

This was the Cavaliers’ 32nd win of the season, tying the Virginia record set in 2008 and matched in 2009.

The Cavaliers will be going for their fourth straight ACC title (and sixth in seven years) this weekend in Cary, NC. At No. 1, Virginia is one of seven ACC teams in the top 27 in the latest Campbell’s/ITA national rankings.

Action begins with first-round matches on Thursday and continues through Sunday’s 11 a.m. championship match.  Virginia has a first round bye, and will face the winner of Miami and NC State on Friday at 9:00 a.m.