Cavaliers Fall 4-3 to Baylor in ITA Indoor Quarterfinals
Box Score Feb. 14, 2015
CHICAGO – The third-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 loss to No. 11 Baylor in a quarterfinal match of the 2015 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Saturday at the Midtown Athletic Club. The Cavaliers (6-1) will complete play at the tournament Sunday with a consolation match against No. 7 North Carolina.
“Baylor is a great team and they were a bit better today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “We needed a tough match and I am proud of the team as they left everything on the court today. We have another opportunity tomorrow to get better and I know the guys will be ready to compete.”
The Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios gave Baylor an advantage with a 6-3 win at No. 3 over Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.). The other two matches went to a tiebreaker and Baylor clinched the point as Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano topped Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) 7-6(2) at No. 2.
Baylor carried the momentum from doubles into singles, where it won four of the six first sets. Lenz doubled the Bears’ lead as he downed Frank 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 position. Virginia got on the scoreboard with a win at No. 4 where Altamirano defeated Galeano 6-1, 6-2. The Cavaliers tied the match as J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) completed a 6-3, 6-5 win at No. 6 over Schneider.
The Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead as Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) rallied from dropping the first set to defeat Max Tchoutakian 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. At No. 3, Kwiatkowski rallied from down a set and two breaks in the second, but couldn’t pull out the second-set breaker against Tony Lupieri, who tied the match with a 6-4, 7-6(10) victory. The match came down to the contest at No. 5, where Mate Zsiga edged Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to seal the Baylor victory.
Match time for the Virginia-North Carolina match is 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. There will be live scoring and video available on ITATennis.com.
#11 BAYLOR 4, #3 VIRGINIA 3
1. #37 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) 6-6 DNF
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #41 Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVa) 7-6(2)
3. Schneider/Rios (BU) def. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,2
1. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Mitchell Frank (UVa) 6-2, 6-0
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) def. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) 6-4, 7-6(10)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,4,6,2,3,5