With Virginia’s athletic season wrapped up, it’s time to look at how all the UVa programs fared this year and rank ‘em based on their performance. In this post, I’ll focus on men’s tennis. Check the links at the bottom for previous reviews, with a little talk about the surrounding context of expectations sprinkled in too.
When a team doesn’t lose very much, or ever, it’s easy to do a recap: the men’s tennis team won every single match-up except for its last one. Of course, we were all disappointed that the boys lost for the second year in a row to Georgia in the NCAA championships (this time in the semifinals), but Somdev Devvarman provided a nice exclamation point to the year by winning a second national championship singles title — back-to-back. I’d say Somdev has cemented his place in the pantheon of Virginia athletics, no?
Anyway, tons of hardware for him and the others in the details. And it’s not giving much away to predict that these guys will be near or at the top of the rankings this year.
Regular season: 11-0 ACC record (regular season champs), 32-1 overall
Post-season: ACC champions, NCAA semifinals
Individual awards: Somdev Devvarman won NCAA championship in singles; Devvarman named ITA National Player of the Year; Brian Boland named ITA National Coach of the Year; Devvarman and Dominic Inglot named ITA Singles All-Americans; Devvarman and Treat Huey named ITA Doubles All-Americans; Devvarman named ACC Player of the Year; Boland named ACC Coach of the Year; Devvarman, Huey, and Sanam Singh named All-ACC