No. 9 Cavaliers Post 6-1 Win at No. 36 Notre Dame
Box Score March 20, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 9 Virginia men’s tennis team opened a two-match road trip Friday with a 6-1 victory over No. 36 Notre Dame at Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Cavaliers (11-3, 4-0 ACC) recorded its fifth win in the past two years over the Fighting Irish (8-7, 1-3 ACC) and remained unbeaten in conference play.
“It was great to get outside again and play in really tough conditions,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I am really impressed with Notre Dame and the way they compete. It says a lot about the great job that Ryan Sachire and his staff are doing. We were pushed and I was impressed with how we responded throughout the match.”
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 128 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) wasted little time posting an 8-0 win over Dougie Barnard and Michael Fredericka at No. 3 doubles. Notre Dame drew even at No. 2 where Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan defeated J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) 8-3. The Cavaliers clinched the opening point at the No. 1 position as Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) topped Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar 8-5.
In singles, the Cavalier lead was extended to 2-0 as Kwiatkowski posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Lawson. Frank followed with an 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Covalschi to make the score 3-0. Monaghan gave Notre Dame its only point with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Shane at the top spot before Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) clinched the win with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 6 over Nicolas Montoya.
Virginia closed out the day with wins at No. 5, where Aragone had a three-set win over Kenneth Sabacinski, and at No. 3, where Altamirano defeated Hagar 6-4, 7-6.
“Mac (Styslinger) and Alex (Ritschard) are still coming back from their injuries, but they are doing better and should be back on the court on Monday,” said Boland. “I am thrilled with where this team is at and they are really embracing the journey.”
The Cavaliers conclude their two-game road trip Sunday with a visit to Boston College. Match time is noon.
#9 VIRGINIA 6, #36 NOTRE DAME 1
1. #19 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) def. #14 Covalschi/Hagar (ND) 8-5
2. Lawson/Monaghan (ND) def. Kwiatkowski/Aragone (UVa) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Barnard/Fredericka (ND) 8-0
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
1. #22 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #3 Ryan Shane (UVa) 7-6, 6-3
2. #27 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-0, 6-1
3. #70 Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-4, 7-6
4. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-2, 6-1
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND) 6-3, 7-5
Order of Finish: 4,2,1,6,5,3