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Tennis: Bulldogs top No. 1 Virginia

POSTED: May 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.

TULSA, Okla. — Georgia moved closer to defending its NCAA championship by beating No. 1 Virginia 4-3 on Monday night in the NCAA semifinals.

Jamie Hunt defeated Sanam Singh 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles for the clinching point to give Virginia its first loss of the season.

Georgia will play Texas tonight in the final. Texas beat UCLA, 4-2, to advance.

Georgia (26-3) is seeking its sixth national title. The Bulldogs have never won back-to-back championships.

Virginia (32-1) won the doubles point before Georgia quickly regrouped in singles.

Luis Flores beat Dominic Inglot 6-2, 6-1, Nate Schnugg followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Treat Huey and Georgia took a 3-1 lead when Javier Garrapiz toppled Michael Shabaz 7-5, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.

Virginia pulled even at 3-3 when senior Somdev Devvarman edged Travis Helgeson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Ted Angelinos took a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Christian Vitulli.

Hunt, a sophomore from San Antonio, ended a close team match with a third-set rout in his victory.



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