The Virginia Cavaliers won their first men’s tennis national championship on Tuesday afternoon, beating top-seeded UCLA 4-3 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The Cavaliers finished the season a perfect 30-0.
Virginia was in its third consecutive national championship match, having fallen to USC in each of the last two years. In addition, the Cavaliers have been in the semifinals in five of the last six years.
Virginia got the crucial doubles point with dominating performances on courts one and three. At No. 1 doubles, Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger had no trouble with No. 42 Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov, winning 8-2. On court three, No. 89 Justin Shane and Julen Uriguen won 8-5 to give UVA an early 1-0 lead. Furthermore, Virginia’s No. 1 and 3 doubles teams earned All-Tournament Team recognition.