Men's Tennis Downs George Washington 7-0 in Season Opener
Box Score Jan. 23, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team opened the 2015 season Friday night with a 7-0 victory over No. 54 George Washington in a first round match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
The Cavaliers (1-0) will play Louisville (2-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the championship match of the weekend, with the winner advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month in Chicago. George Washington and VCU, who Louisville defeated 4-0 on Friday, will play in the consolation match at 2 p.m.
“I believe this was a good start to the season,” said head coach Brian Boland. “George Washington is an outstanding team and they are going to have a lot of success this season. The guys played well and competed hard through the course of the match. I feel good about where we are at, at this point of the season, and we look forward to a challenging match against Louisville tomorrow.”
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) cruised to a 6-0 win at No. 2 over Chris Fletcher and Danil Zelenkov. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) clinched the point with a 7-5 win at No. 1 over Francisco Dias and Julius Tverijonas.
Virginia doubled its lead early in singles as Kwiatkowski posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 over Tverijonas. Shane followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zelenkov at No. 2 and Styslinger clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-1 win of his own, downing Cahit Kapukiran at No. 5 singles.
First-year Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) was victorious in his collegiate debut, defeating Chris Fletcher 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Senior All-American Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) made his season debut, posting a 6-4, 6-2 win over nationally-ranked Dias at the No. 1 position. First-year Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) completed the sweep by winning his dual match debut, defeating Christos Hadijgeorgiou 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 at No. 6 singles.
With a win over Louisville on Saturday, the Cavaliers would advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the 11th consecutive season. Virginia has won the ITA title five of the past seven seasons.
#3 VIRGINIA 7, #54 GEORGE WASHINGTON 0
1. #14 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) def. Dias/Tverijonas (GW) 7-5
2. #37 Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVa) def. Flecther/Zelenkov (GW) 6-0
3. Aragone/Ritschard (UVa) vs. Hadjigeorgiou/Kapukiran (GW) 6-6 (4-4) DNF
Order of Finish: 2,1
1. Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #107 Francisco Dias (GW) 6-4, 6-2
2. #6 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 6-2, 6-1
3. #4 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-2
5. #47 Mac Styslinger (UVa) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-1
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa) def. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-4, 5-7, 10-6
Order of Finish: 3,2,5,4,1,6