– Virginia has captured their second consecutive ITA National Team Indoor title at Midtown Tennis Club, hosted by the University of Illinois after defeating No. 3 Georgia, the last team to accomplish such a feat. This was the third time UVA has reached the finals in only their fifth appearance in the team indoor championships. ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship match
#5 Virginia 4, #3 Georgia 1 Doubles
1. Barrick/Singh (UVA) def. Schnugg/Hunt (UGA), 9-8 (2)
2. Shabaz/Inglot (UVA) def. Vitulli/Malo (UGA), 8-4
3. Courtney/Singer (UVA) vs. Garrapiz/Bernstein (UGA), 8-8 (DNF)
[Virginia won doubles point] Singles
1. Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. Dominic Inglot (UVA), 6-3, 6-4
2. Jamie Hunt (UGA) vs. Sanam Singh (UVA), 7-6, 5-7 (DNF)
3. Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. Michael Shabaz (UVA), 4-6, 6-3, 5-4 (DNF)
4. Houston Barrick (UVA) def. Borja Malo (UGA), 6-4, 6-0
5. Steven Rooda (UVA) def. Drake Bernstein (UGA), 6-3, 6-2
6. Drew Courtnery (UVA) vs. Josh Varela (UGA), 0-6, 6-0, 7-5
Order of finish (singles): 4, 1, 5, 6
Records: Virginia 12-0; Georgia 8-1
"The doubles point was really critical as we got into a tiebreak at No. 1 and won the tiebreaker at No. 3," said Head Coach Brian Boland. "Georgia has consistently been successful in this tournament in the doubles point. After that, it just came down to us taking advantage of it, particularly at the bottom of the lineup. Those that were playing a little bit lower in the lineup last year like Michael (Shabaz) and Sanam (Singh) have improved immensely over the past six months. I think losing in the semifinals last year gave them a lot of hunger. We knew coming in that both teams were really talented at the top of the lineups and that it was going to be a toss-up."
Virginia prevented Georgia from winning its third ITA National Team Indoor title in the last four years after winning it in 2006 and 2007. It was the seventh time the Bulldogs have reached the championship match and with today's loss, dropped their all-time record to 65-38 in a record-tying 32 appearances. In fact, UGA has only missed the annual tournament twice.
"It feels good to win the title against Georgia," Boland said. "In the last three years, we've lost five matches and three of them to Georgia, and credit to them. Somebody mentioned our rivalry with Georgia to me and I responded by saying, it's not a rivalry until you beat them so maybe it is a rivalry now."
The Georgia women's team also made the finals of the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships having also lost 4-1 to top-ranked Northwestern earlier in the day. It is the ninth time that one school has had both the men's and women's teams in the finals of both of events in the same year and the third time that UGA has accomplished this feat (1994-'95).
"I'm really proud of our guys because of all of their hard work and how they have really come together as a team," said Boland. "I certainly feel that this gives our team a lot of momentum heading into the rest of our season. The real work is still ahead and that is what makes college tennis so great."
This event, which features 16 of the nation's top programs, has annually crowned a national indoor champion every year since 1973. ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships: Finals
#5 Virginia 4, #3 Georgia 1 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships: Semifinals
#3 Georgia 4, #11 Stanford 2
#5 Virginia 4, #8 Tennessee 0 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships: Quarterfinals
#8 Tennessee 4, #1 Ohio State 3
#5 Virginia 4, #4 UCLA 3
#3 Georgia 4, #6 USC 1
#11 Stanford 4, #2 Texas 3 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Ohio State 4, #16 Pepperdine 2
#8 Tennessee 4, #10 Baylor 0
#4 UCLA 4, #13 Illinois 2
#5 Virginia 4, #12 Tulsa 0
#6 USC 4, #9 Mississippi 0
#3 Georgia 4, #14 Florida State 1
#11 Stanford 4, #7 Florida 3
#2 Texas 4, #15 Michigan 0
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