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Feb. 15, 2010
Cavaliers Win Third Consecutive ITA National Team Indoor Title
The Virginia men’s tennis team won its third consecutive ITA National Team Indoor Championship, defeating Tennessee 4-1 in the 2010 tournament final on Monday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The second-seeded Cavaliers used strong singles play to overcome an early deficit and defeat the fifth-seeded Volunteers.
The Cavaliers (8-1) fell behind early 1-0 as Tennessee (10-1) dominated doubles play. John-Patrick Smith and Davey Sandgren defeated Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) 8-1 at the No. 1 position and Boris Conkic and Rhyne Williams downed Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Virginia rebounded in singles and got off to a quick start, winning five of the six first sets. The Cavaliers quickly finished off two of the wins to take a 2-1 lead. Barrick tied the match with his 6-2, 6-4 win over Matteo Fago at No. 5 singles. Fellow co-captain Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) gave the Cavaliers the lead with his 6-2, 7-5 win over Davey Sandgren at the No. 6 position.