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May 24, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team's comeback in the NCAA Tournament final fell short as it lost 4-3 to No. 2 USC on Tuesday at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cavaliers fell behind 3-0 before rallying to the tie the match, but the Trojans (27-2) won the final match to win their third consecutive championship and hand Virginia (34-1) its only loss of the season.
"This was a great college tennis match and I am proud of the team," said head coach Brian Boland. "All the credit to USC for playing a great match. They certainly came out and took it to us in doubles and then early in singles. My guys left everything they had on the court and battled back to get back even in the match. It was going to be a tough match for someone to lose. It was a tremendous experience for us to compete for a national title and I am sure we will learn from this experience."
For the second consecutive match, Virginia opened the match by dropping the doubles point. Emilio Gomez and Steve Johnson topped Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento followed with an 8-4 win over Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) at No. 3 to give the Trojans the opening point.