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June 2013

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The Men's Tennis Program Has Dominated The ACC, Winning 106 Straight Matches T By Greg Waters during this span. Virginia has posted seven conhe last time the Virginia's secutive undefeated conference regular seasons men's tennis team lost a match in from 2007‑13 and an overall record of 223-12 ACC play was April 23 … in 2006. (.949 winning percentage). Since that 4-3 loss to Duke in the Wake Forest's Tony Bresky, the 2013 ACC ACC Tournament that year, head Coach of the Year, served as an assistant coach coach Brian Boland's Cavaliers have reeled off under Boland from 2003-10 and was there for Vir106 consecutive victories against league competiginia's last ACC defeat and first conference title. tion. "I was there when we lost the last match in the The most recent triumph in that streak was a 4-1 ACC finals to Duke," he said. "Obviously that victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament was a heartbreaking match, losing 4‑3 in the last final April 28. The win notched Virginia's seventh match on. When we won our first ACC title we consecutive tournament title, and its ninth in the beat Clemson 4-3 in the finals. past 10 years. "We were an extremely young team. I think Despite the impressive nature of the 106-match at the time we were playing four sophomores winning streak, Boland said it's not something and a freshman, and at the time not many people he or his players make a point of emphasis as they "It's taken a lot of hard work from former and go about their work. "It is a reality that we've current players, administrators and supporters won 106 matches in a row that care so much about our success. I'm proud in the ACC, and it's someof it and proud of the consistency this program thing I'm proud of," Boland said. "It's taken a lot has had over the last decade." Head coach Brian Boland on his program's of hard work from former 106-match win streak against ACC competition and current players, administrators and supporters that realize were weren't even fully funded yet from a care so much about our success. I'm proud of it scholarship standpoint, so I thought that was very and proud of the consistency this program has had special." over the last decade. Fortunately, there have not been any heart"It's not something I try and think about every breaking moments in ACC play for a long time. day," he added. "But as a coach it's something you Boland, his former coaches and players agree that need to be aware of because your players are paythere are several contributing factors to those speing attention to these things and they're young and cial moments of success over the last seven years. people say things to them and you'd be naive not "You don't control whether or not you win, to acknowledge it and manage it the best you can." you just try and give yourself the best possible What is so amazing is the utter dominance the chance, going out every day and working hard, Cavaliers have exhibited over league opponents

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