At 6:32 p.m. EST, the entire Virginia men’s tennis team sat on benches underneath the main scoreboard at the Taube Tennis Center. Unbeknownst to them, a large message popped onto the screen.
“SC NCAA Men’s Champions” were the words that they could not see, the words that they had fought like heck for the better part of 3½ hours not to see.
As the post-match awards ceremony got under way, the song “We are the Champions” began playing on the PA system. Meanwhile, jubilant USC players formed a huddle and began chanting “three-peat.”
No, this wasn’t what Virginia had in mind after breezing through the regular season with a 29-0 record and winning its first five matches in the NCAA Tournament.
On Tuesday, UVA’s season came to a heartbreaking ending — again. For the fourth straight year, Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed but could not capture the title. This time, the Cavaliers came up one victory short.