No. 8 Cavaliers Roll to 6-1 Win Over No. 14 North Carolina
Box Score March 27, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia men’s tennis team opened a six-match homestand with a 6-1 victory over No. 14 North Carolina Friday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. With the victory, the Cavaliers (13-3, 6-0 ACC) posted their second win of the season over the Tar Heels (14-7, 3-2 ACC).
“In a difficult situation, playing on only three courts, the guys handled it well,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I was really impressed with North Carolina. They played some great doubles. Luca Corinteli carried the day for us in the doubles and that was a big point at the start of the match. We played well from top to bottom of the lineup and we continue to improve with each match. We look forward to the next challenge, which is Sunday against a great Duke team.”
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 130 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point. Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) and Thai-Son Kwitakowski (Charlotte, N.C.) quickly gave the Cavaliers the edge with an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) clinched the opening point with their 8-6 win at the No. 1 position over Esben Hess-Olesen and Oystein Steiro.
In singles, the match began with the top three positions playing on the available courts. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) wasted little time doubling the lead as he cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brett Clark at No. 2 singles. Shane made the score 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the No. 1 spot over Schneider. Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) remained undefeated on the year as he topped Murray 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to clinch the Cavalier victory.
Kwiatkowski increased the advantage to 5-0 as he completed a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Robert Kelly. After Steiro downed Henrik Wiersholm 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles for the Tar Heels’ lone point of the day, J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Stuart DePaolo.
The Cavaliers continue their homestand Sunday as they host No. 4 Duke. Match time at the Snyder Tennis Center is 2 p.m. and admission is free.
#8 VIRGINIA 6, #14 NORTH CAROLINA 1
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVa) def. #27 Steiro/Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 8-2
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) vs. Clark/Kelly (UNC) 6-7 DNF
Order of Finish: 2,1
1. #6 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 7-5, 6-3
2. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #69 Brett Clark (UNC) 6-0, 6-1
3. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC) 7-5, 6-2
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 7-5, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2,1,3,4,5,6