DURHAM, N.C. — Going for its seventh consecutive ACC men’s tennis championship, Virginia was dealt a brief setback by a man who knows what it takes to hoist the trophy.
Longtime Cavaliers assistant coach Tony Bresky is now in his second year as Wake Forest’s head coach. His Demon Deacons won the doubles point to open Sunday’s match.
UVa got back to its dominant ways in singles play, ultimately winning 4-1 to claim the title.
“You know, I’m not ready for him to win it just yet,” Cavaliers coach Brian Boland said of Bresky. “That being said, I’m pleased it was him that made it this far. It says a lot about what he’s doing with that program.”
Boland was also pleased, in retrospect, that the Wahoos had to bounce back after losing in doubles. He said it would be good preparation for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
The ‘Hoos will host a regional in two weeks; the bracket will be announced on Tuesday. VCU could find its way to Charlottesville – the Rams won the Atlantic 10 title on Sunday.
If the past weekend was any indication, opponents will have their hands full.
“We did a good job of refocusing in singles,” junior Alex Domijan said. “We were winning on every court, and I think that says something to the rest of the country.”
The match began outdoors at the Cary Tennis Center, but was moved inside, to Duke’s Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, due to rain.
Julen Uriguen, Domijan and Jarmere Jenkins each won singles matches within five minutes of each other to clinch the title.
Uriguen hoisted the trophy, and was named the tournament’s MVP.
“It’s cool to be a part of this great program that Brian Boland has put together,” he said. “A couple weeks ago, we won our 100th consecutive ACC match, so it’s been a great year.”
UVa is 24-0 entering the postseason, and will be among the favorites to claim the outdoor national title – the program has never won one.
For Boland, though, Sunday was about enjoying another conference triumph.
“Each is as special as the first one,” he said. “I’m happy for our guys to rest for a couple days and enjoy it, but then it’s back to work.”