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April 28, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia maintained its firm hold on the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, defeating Wake Forest, 4-1, in the title match at Sheffield Indoor Center.
The match was moved indoors due to rain at Cary Tennis Park, but that didn't derail the Cavaliers (24-0) from winning their seventh straight ACC title and ninth in 10 years. The win marked Virginia's 106th consecutive victory over ACC competition (regular season and postseason). Virginia owns a 30-3 record in the ACC Championship under head coach Brian Boland.
"It was a great match and it feels good to win another ACC Championship," said Boland. "I was happy with how we performed today. It wasn't easy. Congratulations to Wake, they played a great match. I am really proud of (WF head coach) Tony Bresky, who worked for me for 10 years. He has Wake in the ACC final and the top 20 nationally in his second year there. It is a real tribute to him and his hard work that they have already reached this level."
Senior Julen Uriguen, who posted two tournament wins in straight sets and was part of three key doubles wins, was named the ACC Championship MVP.
For the first time in 19 matches, the Cavaliers trailed after doubles. Wake Forest won at No. 1 and 2 doubles to come away with the first point of the day.
"I didn't enjoy losing the doubles point, but I thought it was great for us," said Boland. "As we play in postseason, that is going to happen at times. You have learn how to respond to it and I thought the guys didn't let it phase them in singles. To Wake's credit, they did a great job of using the momentum of doubles into the start of singles. We stepped up and met their competitiveness. This match was great for us in terms of preparing for the NCAA Tournament."
The doubles matches were split one apiece when the play was halted for the second time, forcing action to move to Durham. The two teams moved indoors as the score at No. 1 doubles between Wake's David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar and Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, was tied 4-4. The Demon Deacons prevailed, 8-6, to claim the early advantage.
However, the Demon Deacons' lead was short-lived as the Cavaliers rattled off straight-set singles wins at No. 3, No. 6, No. 2 and No. 1.
Mitchell Frank got things started for Virginia with his 6-1, 6-3 win over Prabhakar at No. 3, and tournament MVP Uriguen followed with a 6-1, 6-4 decision against Anthony Delcore, giving the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead. The top-ranked player in the nation, Alex Domijan, was next off the courts with his 6-4, 6-4 win over Daniel Kreyman, and Virginia clinched Sunday's win when Jenkins defeated Hopkins at No. 1, 6-3, 6-2.
Both Wake Forest and Virginia will await announcement of NCAA Women's Division I Tennis Championship selections and pairings. The field for the 64-team competition will be announced Tuesday, April 30, at 5 p.m., live on NCAA.com. The announcement of those selected for individual and doubles competition will be made after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and will also be carried by NCAA.com.