CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Virginia, the country's second-ranked men's collegiate tennis team, defeated No. 11 Texas A&M, 6-1, in a match played at the Boar's Head Sports Club (BHSC) in Charlottesville to run its home winning streak to 92 after sweeping weekend matches against Texas (No. 15), Florida (No. 5) and Texas A&M (No. 11).
"Overall, I was pleased with our doubles play and the effort our guys put forth today," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "We played solid, especially at doubles, but did not capitalize and convert on some key points in the match and that was the difference."
The win improves Virginia's record to 4-0 on the season while Texas A&M drops its first match of the year to fall to 4-1.
The match was a little different format with the teams squaring off in four doubles matches and if the split was two wins for each squad, then the first three doubles teams would play super tiebreakers.
Texas A&M won at No. 3 doubles with Colin Hoover and John Lewis beating Alex Domijan and Steven Rooda (8-6) and at No. 4 doubles with Niall Angus and Jeremy Efferding defeating Santiago Villegas and Julen Uriguen (8-5). With UVA winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, the super tiebreakers were played with UVA taking a 10-5 advantage at No. 3 and Texas A&M winning at No. 2 by a 10-6 margin. The No. 1 doubles was a very close (12-10) decision that fell the way of the Cav's Drew Courtney and Jarmere Jenkins over the Aggies' Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow.
"We had an opportunity to win the doubles point with Junior (Ore) and Jackson (Withrow) ahead at 7-5 in the tiebreaker," Denton explained. "Junior missed an overhand after he had made a great serve that could have given some separation to the deciding match."
In singles play, Virginia won in straight sets at the top five positions, although several of the matches were close, hard-fought affairs. At No. 1 Alexis Klegou dropped identical 6-4 scores to No. 11-ranked Jarmere Jenkins. On the No. 2 line, Colin Hoover battled Alex Domijan, who had been ranked No. 1 in the country for most of the 2011 season, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). At the No. 3 position, Junior Ore dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Drew Courtney, 6-3, 7-5. At the No. 4 singles, UVA made quick work of freshman Jeremy Efferding, 6-2, 6-0 and at No. 5 the Cavs put away another freshman, Jackson Withrow, 6-1, 6-1. The lone point in the match for the Aggies came at No. 6 singles where senior John Lewis battled Santiago Villegas to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win to keep Lewis' streak in 2012 alive. Lewis won two straight last weekend in the ITA Kick-Off event in College Station.
"John Lewis kept his streak going and played well," Denton said. "I thought our freshmen struggled with the indoor conditions and were not able to make adjustments. But this is a reason we came out to get this experience and when we return for the National Indoor Championships we should respond better."
The Aggies will continue their indoor season with a Friday, Feb. 10 match against Texas in Houston. The Longhorns dropped a 7-0 decision to Virginia last Friday.
#2 VIRGINIA 6, #11 TEXAS A&M 1
1. Jenkins/Courtney (UVa) def. Ore/Withrow (TAMU) 8-5
2. #13 Oudshoorn/Shane (UVa) def. Szabo/Klegou (TAMU) 8-4
3. Hoover/Lewis (TAMU) def. Domijan/Rooda (UVa) 8-6
4. Angus/Efferding (TAMU) def. Uriguen/Villegas (TAMU) 8-5
Doubles tiebreakers: #1 UVa 12-10, #2 TAMU 10-6, #3 UVa 10-5
1. #11 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. #19 Alexis Klegou (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Alex Domijan (UVa) def. Colin Hoover (TAMU) 6-2, 7-6(5)
3. Drew Courtney (UVa) def. #104 Junior Ore (TAMU) 6-3, 7-5
4. #57 Justin Shane (UVa) def. #73 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Philippe Oudshoorn (UVa) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-1, 6-1
6. John Lewis (TAMU) def. Santiago Villegas (UVa) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
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