CARY, N.C. – Duke and Virginia met for the second straight season in the ACC Championship match on Sunday and the Cavaliers were able to come out on top again, defeating the Blue Devils, 4-0, at the Cary Tennis Park.
“We congratulate Virginia on the win,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “The doubles point was very crucial for us and it came down to a couple of points. They outplayed us on the top three courts but we had chances with Reid (Carleton) having set point in the first set and all three of our guys on courts 4-6 playing well.”
Doubles was very close with Duke up a break on court No. 1, Virginia up a break on court No. 3 and the two teams on serve at court No. 2. Jarmere Jenkins and Julen Uriguen of Virginia were then able to break David Holland Chris Mengel at the second spot to take the match 8-6. Shortly after, Virginia clinched the doubles point with a second break at No. 3 for the 8-4 win.
Duke came out strong in singles despite the tough loss in doubles. Fred Saba and Luke Marchese were each able to jump out to 4-1 leads and win their first sets 6-3 and 6-2 respectively.
Three other matches were also very close. No. 5 Michael Shabaz was able to get a break against No. 7 Henrique Cunha at the top spot to win 7-5. The No. 2 and 5 spots each went to tiebreakers. No. 39 Drew Courtney had led big early in the set at No. 5 but saw Torsten Wietoska battle back to force the tiebreaker. However, Courtney rolled to a 7-1 win to take the set. At the No. 2 position it went back-and-forth with Carleton having set point at 7-6. The No. 2 player in the nation, Alex Domijan, came back with three straight points to take the set 7-6 (9-7).
Virginia then was able to get their first singles point when No. 36 Sanam Singh defeated Chris Mengel 6-3, 6-3, ending a seven-match winning streak for Mengel. Shabaz was the next to finish, earning a 7-5, 6-1 win over Cunha. Domijan carried his momentum from the tiebreaker over to the second set, taking it 6-0 to clinch the title for the Cavaliers.
No. 13 Duke fell to 20-9 overall with the loss while No. 1 Virginia remained undefeated at 29-0 on the year.
The Blue Devils will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selections which will be announced on www.NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3.
Tennis Match Results Duke vs Virginia Apr. 24, 2011 at Cary, N.C.
#1 Virginia 4, #13 Duke 0
Doubles 1. #2 Drew Courtney/Michael Shabaz (UVA) vs. #7 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (Duke) 5-6, unfinished 2. Jarmere Jenkins/Julen Uriguen (UVA) def. David Holland/Chris Mengel (Duke) 8-6 3. Alex Domijan/Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Jared Pinsky/Fred Saba (Duke) 8-4
Singles 1. #5 Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. #7 Henrique Cunha (Duke) 7-5, 6-1 2. #2 Alex Domijan (UVA) def. #13 Reid Carleton (Duke) 7-6 (9-7), 6-0 3. #36 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Chris Mengel (Duke) 6-3, 6-3 4. #53 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) vs. Fred Saba (Duke) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished 5. #39 Drew Courtney (UVA) vs. Torsten Wietoska (Duke) 7-6 (7-1), 0-6, unfinished 6. Julen Uriguen (UVA) vs. Luke Marchese (Duke) 2-6, 5-5, unfinished
Match Notes: Duke 20-9; National ranking #13 Virginia 29-0; National ranking #1 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,2)