Feb. 12, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 19th-ranked men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision Friday in the first round of play at the 2010 ITA National Indoor Team Championships to No. 2 Virginia. The Cavaliers won the doubles point with victories on courts one and two and picked up a trio of singles wins a No. 2, 3 and 4 to capture the overall dual match.
"Virginia played a great match at home and really jumped on us in doubles,” head coach Billy Pate said. “We were just way too tight and didn't handle the moment well. Credit Virginia, they played exceptionally well throughout their lineup and showed why they've won this event the last two years.
Virginia wasted no time in doubles taking advantage quickly on the first two courts. The Cavalier tandem of sophomore Drew Courtney and junior Michael Shabaz came out on top first with an 8-1 win over Crimson Tide sophomores Michael Davis and Ricky Doverspike. Shortly after, Virginia’s No. 2 duo of senior Houston Barrick and freshman Jarmere Jenkins sealed the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Alabama senior Saketh Myneni and freshman Jarryd Botha. On court three, the Cavalier team of junior Sanam Singh and senior Lee Singer was up 6-3 when the doubles point was decided.
Ironically, all three singles wins for the Cavaliers were by 6-2, 6-2 decisions coming on courts two, three and four. First off was 12th-ranked Singh on No. 2 who advanced past Doverspike. Next to finish was 31st-ranked Courtney, who defeated Botha on court four for the win. Clinching the match for Virginia was No. 16 Jenkins at three singles who took down 123rd-ranked Thompson of Alabama.
The remaining three matches on court were called once the overall dual match was decided. At No. 1, 62nd-ranked Myneni picked up a 6-3 win in the first set over No. 3 Shabaz before the Cavalier netter came back to take the second 6-1. Myneni was up 2-1 in the third when action was suspended. On court five, Tide senior Houssam Yassine was in a battle with No. 58 Barrick. Barrick ended up edging Yassine 7-5 in the first set, and the second was on serve with Yassine up 3-2. Finally on court six, Chadwell dropped a 6-3 decision in the first set to 28th-ranked Singer and was down a break, 4-2, in the second as the match was clinched.
Alabama continues play at the National Indoors in the back draw where it will take on No. 11 Mississippi Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (CST). All action takes place at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
“We're young but getting better through the experience,” Pate added. “We just need to put today behind us and be ready tomorrow night for Mississippi. It’s another great opportunity."
1. Courtney/Shabaz (UVA) def. Doverspike/Davis (UA) 8-1
2. Barrick/Jenkins (UVA) def. Myneni/Botha (UA) 8-2
3. Singh/Singer (UVA) vs. Chadwell/Thompson (UA) 6-3, dnf.
Order of Finish: 1,2
1. No. 62 Saketh Myneni (UA) vs. No. 3 Michael Shabaz (UVA) 6-3, 1-6, 2-1, dnf.
2. No. 12 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Ricky Doverspike (UA) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 16 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) def. No. 123 Michael Thompson (UA) 6-2, 6-2
4. No. 31 Drew Courtney (UVA) def. Jarryd Botha (UA) 6-2, 6-2
5. No. 58 Houston Barrick (UVA) vs. Houssam Yassine (UA) 7-5, 2-3, dnf.
6. No. 28 Lee Singer (UVA) vs. Ian Chadwell (UA) 6-3, 4-2, dnf.
Order of Finish: 2,4,3*