When they were at Virginia together, Treat Huey and Dom Inglot never played together as a doubles squad.
Maybe they should have?
Right now, the former Wahoos are three wins away from a U.S. Open title.
On Monday, the pair became the first UVa alumni to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the open era. The No. 16 seeds upset third-seeded Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers of Spain, 7-6 (2), 6-0.
Huey and Inglot weren’t broken the entire match. They averaged 113 miles-per-hour on their first serves, compared to the Spaniards’ average of 95.
With the victory, Huey and Inglot advanced to play 10th-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil (visit USOpen.org for schedule).
“I’m extremely happy for Dom and Treat to have the success that they’re having,” said Virginia coach Brian Boland, who has been in New York cheering on his former players. “I’m really impressed with how far they’ve come over the course of the last several years through a lot of hard work and commitment to their game.
“Now they’re in position to win a Grand Slam — and that’s truly remarkable. I couldn’t be more excited for them.”
Huey and Inglot are the first pair of collegiate teammates, other than Bob and Mike Bryan, to reach the quarterfinals of the Open since 2006, when former Stanford teammates Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas did so.
While at Virginia, Huey played doubles with former NCAA singles champion Somdev Devvarman. Inglot teamed with former Cavalier Michael Shabaz, winning an NCAA title in 2009.
If Huey and Inglot make it to the semifinals, they’ll take on No. 2 seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil.
Looming in the finals is a potential matchup with the top-seeded Bryans, who are already in the semifinals after a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray.
The victory moved the brothers two victories away from becoming the first team since 1951 to sweep all four Grand Slam tournaments in men's doubles in a single year.
The Bryans already have won four straight Grand Slams, starting with last year's U.S. Open.
In June, Huey and Inglot lost to the Bryans in straight sets at Wimbledon, though one of the sets went to a tiebreak.
Boland believes Huey and Inglot can beat the Bryans if they get another shot.
“They have a lot of momentum and they’re playing well,” Boland said. “They can certainly compete with any team in the world. They have an opportunity to win it. They just have to take one match at a time and not get ahead of themselves.”