Sacred Heart Falls in NCAA's to #1 Ranked Virginia

Cole Conrad

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (May 13, 2011) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers saw their remarkable 2010-11 season come to a close on Friday afternoon, falling to the #1 ranked team in the nation, the Virginia Cavaliers, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-0.   The Pioneers end their season 16-8 overall after capturing their second Northeast Conference Championship in the last three seasons.

The Cavaliers, the top-seed in this year's tournament, extended their perfect record to 30-0 in moving on to host Wake Forest on Saturday.  The win also extended their school-record home winning streak to 88-consecutive matches.  Virginia opened up the match by winning the doubles point. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) posted an 8-0 win at No. 3 over seniors Nick Mazzarese (Stonington, CT) and Cole Conrad (Fairfield, CT). At No. 2, Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) clinched the point for Virginia with their 8-3 win over the senior team of Chris Ujkic (Mattituck, NY) and Michael Syer (Oakville, Ontario). 

The Pioneer's #1 doubles team of senior Kirill Kasyanov (Yonkers, NY) and junior Chadd Sullo (Orange, CT) battled hard with the #2 ranked doubles team in the country in Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, VA) and Drew Courtney, playing even at 5-5 before the matched was stopped.

In singles, the Cavaliers jumped out to a quick start and won all six first sets. Singh doubled the Virginia lead as he topped Mazzarese 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Shabaz, the #5 ranked player, extended the lead to 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-1 win over Kasyanov at the top position, snapping his 21-match win streak. Jenkins closed out the match as he completed a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Syer. The Cavaliers led the three singles matches that were abandoned, including at No. 2 where Domijan was about to serve on match point.

Friday's match marked the final appearance for two-time NEC Player of the Year Kirill Kasyanov.  He ends this season with a 30-7 record.

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