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May 24, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The top-seeded Virginia men's tennis team had its season come to an end with a 4-2 loss to No. 5 USC in a national semifinal Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (39-2) had their school-record 36-match winning streak snapped as they fell in the semifinals for the third time in four years.
"USC played a great match and we are disappointed with the outcome," said head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we could get four points. I didn't know where we would get them, but I thought we could win at every position. USC just was a little better today."
USC (24-3), the reigning national champions, took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. It was only the sixth time this season the Cavaliers dropped the opening point. Steve Johnson and Robert Farah used a late break to top Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) at No. 1, 8-5. Seconds later, J.T. Sundling and Daniel Nguyen clinched the opening point for USC with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India).
Unlike the day before, when the Cavaliers rallied in singles after dropping the doubles point to UCLA, the comeback against the Trojans fell short. Farah extended the USC lead to 2-0 with his 6-1, 7-6(9) win over Shabaz at the top position. Barrick cut the lead in half, 2-1, as he completed a 6-2, 7-6(8) win over Matt Kecki at No. 5.