Cavaliers Down Wake Forest 5-2 in ACC Opener
Box Score March 6, 2015
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 12 Virginia men’s tennis team opened ACC play Friday with a 5-2 victory over No. 20 Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improve to 8-2 overall (1-0 ACC) with the win, while the Demon Deacons fall to 8-4 overall (0-1 ACC).
“We came out and played some great doubles today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I am really pleased with how much we have improved on the doubles court. It was a good team victory and Collin and J.C. played some great tennis today. Wake has an outstanding team and I love seeing the job that my former assistant, Tony Bresky, is doing to build their program.”
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 125 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 3 over Maksim Kan and Romain Bogaerts. At No. 2, the Cavaliers clinched the opening point as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) downed Jon Ho and Keivon Tabrizi 8-3.
In singles, the Cavalier lead doubled as Altamirano posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Tabrizi. Kwiatkowski followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over Skander Mansouri. Aragone clinched the victory for Virginia with his 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Kan.
The Demon Deacons got on the scoreboard as Christian Seraphim topped Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. The final two matches went to a match tiebreaker after the first two sets were spilt. At No. 2, Frank topped Ho 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to extend the advantage to 5-1. The match concluded with Bogaerts edging Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) at No. 1, 6-4, 6-7, 10-8, to make the final score 5-2.
“Ryan struggled today but give Romain a lot of credit for the comeback in the breaker,” said Boland. “This match was a good way to open conference play but we need to be ready for an outstanding NC State team tomorrow.”
Cavaliers continue their road trip Saturday as they visit No. 31 NC State. Match time in Raleigh is 3 p.m.
#12 VIRGINIA 5, #20 WAKE FOREST 2
1. #55 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #28 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 5-6 DNF
2. Kwiatkowski/Aragone def. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Kan/Bogaerts (WF) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,2
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,3,6,5,2,1