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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#1 Virginia def. #9 Baylor, 4-2
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Doubles
1.#1 Somdev Devvarman/Treat Huey (V) vs. David Galic/Denes Lukacs (B)- 8-6
2.Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (V) vs. Attila Bucko/Lars Poerschke (B)- DNF
3.Houston Barrick/Sanam Singh (V) vs. Dominik Mueller/Jordan Rux (B)- 8-3
Singles
1.#1 Somdev Devvarman (V) def. #8 Lars Poerschke (B)- 6-3, 6-2
2.#9 Denes Lukacs (B) def. #28 Treat Huey (V)- 6-4, 7-6 (5)
3.#17 Dominic Inglot (V) def. David Galic (B)- 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5
4.Dominik Mueller (B) def. Sanam Singh (V)- 6-3, 6-4
5.Michael Shabaz (V) def. Attila Bucko (B)- 6-2, 6-4
6.Ted Angelinos (V) vs. Jordan Rux (B)- DNF

Order of Finish: Doubles- 3, 1: Singles 5, 4, 1, 2, 3

 

POST MATCH QUOTES

Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
Your thoughts on the match...
"It was a great match. We expected it to be a tremendous match, and certainly we got everything that we expected. Baylor played a great match as well. I was really pleased with our overall effort. It was one of those matches where I felt that the doubles was important to us. I was really pleased with the way we played at No. 1, and particularly at three, which has been doing a god job or us. The guys fought hard and that's what we ask them to do everyday, so on to tomorrow."

Can you talk about the semifinal match vs. Georgia?
"We have great respect for Georgia. They've been here a number of times, as we have. So we're looking forward to it. It should be a good match. I know our guys are excited about the opportunity to play Georgia. So we'll just see. We'll just go play. We've been taking it one match at a time all year. We've never looked ahead. We don't try to create extra pressure for ourselves. We just go out and play and I feel like we've done a great job of that all year, and I don't see it any different tomorrow. We'll go about things the same way."

Do you draw on anything from last year having played Georgia in the semis?
"There's nothing better than the experience. We've been here. It's our fifth time in a row. That's something that's real important. Trent and Somdev are our team leaders and captains playing one and two. This is their fourth straight tournament in the Sweet 16. They've played in the semis and the quarters. There's nothing like having that experience, and hopefully it gives us the edge it can tomorrow."

Talk about the way Somdev responded and played...
"Somdev is playing great tennis. He's been a team leader for us all year. He continues to go out with energy and enthusiasm to play. He does a great job not only getting himself prepared, but the rest of the team. I couldn't be more pleased with the way he's striking the ball. He's moving well. I haven't seen him play any better than this. He's playing with a tremendous amount of confidence."

What about Trent (Huey) right now. Are you hoping he'll bounce back tomorrow?
Lukacs is a great player. We knew that would be a tough match. It could have gone either way. Unfortunately, Trent didn't get it done today. He'll bounce back and he'll play well tomorrow. He's a champion and I know he's excited to play tomorrow. He's been a consistent performer for us all year. He's won over 20 straight matches. Give Lukacs credit, he's an excellent player. I'm not surprised. He gave Somdev a great battle when he was in Charlottesville with four in the third, and he's playing two for Baylor. Baylor's an excellent team. We fully expected this to be a battle. We're proud of our guys."

Virginia Player Dominic Inglot
On your match and clinching...
"I just try to stay focused on my match and not think about what it is going to mean in the general scheme. It is tough to not pay attention to the fact that you might clinch this, but I had full confidence that Teddy was going to win that, so it takes a lot of pressure off me. I really try to not think about it too much, just focus on every single point and every single game. Then I knew if I could do that and play my game, then I shouldn't have too many problems. I feel that I am pretty confident in my ablities that I could come through. I try to stay away from it all, even from the crowd and stuff like that and keep my focus on the game."

Virginia Player Somdev Devvarman
Talk about the semifinal match tomorrow...
"I'm not really trying to think about what we did last year or what they did. I am more focused on how we are going to beat them tomorrow and what we are going to come out with. I think all our guys are fired up, obviously going into the National Championships as favorites. With that being said Georgia is a very good team, they are obviously playing very well right now. I have full confidence in all our guys, regardless of rankings or who's favored or not. I think all our guys are going to come really fired up. I am really looking forward to a good match tomorrow."

Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
On the match...
"Congratulations to Virginia. They played great and they deserved to win. I thought they knocked us out in a couple of spots in singles and put themselves in a real good position where they had to just win one of the two matches out there late. It came down to a couple shots."

On fighting back in the match...
"I'm proud of our guys. We have nothing to be ashamed of. That's a team that beat us 7-0 a couple months ago. It was a very close match and I felt like we had a chance to win. We improved a lot over the course of the season. There was a time six weeks ago when we were No. 20 in the country or something with more losses than wins practically. We finished on a good note. We fought hard down to the end and that's all you could do, you've got to give Virginia credit."

POST MATCH NOTES

No. 1-ranked Virginia improved to 32-0, remaining as the nation's only undefeated team . . . Virginia won the doubles point for the 27th time this year, and has a 27-0 mark when winning the doubles point . . . the Cavaliers tied the series with Baylor at 3-3, with two wins against the Bears this year . . . Virginia advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year, the only times in school history they have advanced to the semifinal round . . . Baylor completed the season with a 25-9 record . . . No. 1-ranked Somdev Devvarman won his 29th consecutive match today, as his last loss came against Georgia's Travis Helgeson at the All-American on October 7, 2007. . . . the win also snapped a streak of five straight `Did Not Finish' matches for Devvarman . . . Baylor won their only national championship the last time the championship was played in Tulsa in 2004.

TOURNAMENT NOTE FOR SEMIFINAL
No. 1-seed Virginia will play No. 4-seed Georgia in one men's semifinal match on Monday at 5:00 pm . . . it's a rematch of last year's semifinal when Georgia defeated Virginia 4-1 . . . the Bulldogs went on to win the national championship . . . . in last year's semifinal match, No.2-ranked Somdev Devvarman defeated No.1-ranked John Isner for Virginia's only point . . . Georgia won the doubles point and had singles wins at No. 3 (Travis Helgeson def. Dominic Inglot), No. 4 (Matic Omerzel def. Marko Miklo) and No. 5 (Nate Schnugg def. Houston Barrick).

 
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