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Virginia Men's Tennis Eyes NCAA's

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The Virginia men's tennis team has been plowing through its competition in the nation for the last several years - but they've never won a national championship.

Senior Jarmere Jenkins said, "Our goal is to win an NCAA title."

Head Coach Brian Boland added, "That's how they'll be measured we know it. There's no secrets there."

The past two years, UVA made it all the way and lost in the national championship to USC both times. In 2010, the Cavaliers fell short to USC in the semifinals. In 2009, the Trojans took the 'Hoos down in the quarterfinals.

"USC Has obviously been our nemesis over the past four years," said Mitchell Frank.

Boland added, "USC has definitely been a thorn in our side for a long time but we got passed them this year in the national indoor. So I think that was helpful and there's a lot of good teams out there great deal of depth and we try to focus on what we can control."

Jenkins said, "this team has very short memory loss so we're not focused on that."

While Virginia carries this monkey on their back, they also have a big target on their back being that they are the top-ranked team in the nation.

"There's certainly a lot of pressure every time they step on the court and they've just done a great job of coming to play and practice everyday and making themselves and each other better," said Boland.

Frank said, "Obviously it presents challenges but for me I've always just kind of been focused on the next guy the next opponent the next match. That's all you can do."

Wherever the guys fall in the NCAA tournament come May, coaches and players agree their experience in the tournament over the years is what will give them an edge on their opponents.

"I think that's going to really help us a lot as we go forward into the tournaments," said Frank.

"The best way to handle that is just try to get better today and this coming week in practice. Certainly they'd love to have another opportunity to play in the NCAA championship so whether its USC or UCLA, whoever, we'll be ready," Boland said.

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