No. 4 Cavaliers Down Georgia Tech 7-0
Box Score April 10, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team ran its win streak to eight matches with a 7-0 victory over Georgia Tech on Friday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improve to 17-3 (9-0 ACC) with the win, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 11-9 (3-6 ACC).
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 133 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
“I am really impressed with Georgia Tech,” said head coach Brian Boland. “They came here and competed hard. I believe our team responded really well from top to bottom, but we had some competitive matches, which is good at this time of the season. We are now in the home stretch in terms of preparing for the postseason. Playing tough opponents like this is only going to help us. We look forward to another tough match Sunday against Louisville.”
Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point for the 11th consecutive match. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) posted an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Christopher Eubanks and Michael Kay. At No. 2, J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) clinched the point with an 8-5 win over Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura.
In singles, the Cavaliers wasted little time doubling their lead as Kwiatkowski posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Cole Fiegel. Aragone extended the advantage to 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Segura. Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) clinched the victory as he downed Elijah Melendez 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 6 position.
“I was really happy to see what Thai did today,” said Boland. “It is hard to beat anyone 6-0, 6-0, especially indoors. That performance says a lot about the discipline and focus he had today. It is that type of tennis we will need from him in the latter part of the season.”
Shane made the score 5-0 with his 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. The matches at the top two spots were close, three-set battles. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.), celebrating his senior day, posted a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) win at the top position over Eubanks. Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) completed the sweep by edging Benito 7-5, 0-6, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.
“I am happy for Mitchell to pull through,” said Boland. “He didn’t feel like he played his best, but as always, he competed hard. It was his senior day and there is a lot of emotion that comes with this day. Credit to Eubanks, who played a great match and has a promising future. Mitchell did what he had to do. It wasn’t easy, but he won in true Mitchell Frank fashion. Collin made it hard on himself, but was able to calm down to play better tennis in the third set. It was a match that was much needed for Collin. He had only dropped one set coming into today, so it was to good to see him fight through a tough match.”
The Cavaliers conclude their regular season home schedule on Sunday as they host No. 28 Louisville. Match time at the Snyder Tennis Center is 1 p.m.
#4 VIRGINIA 7, GEORGIA TECH 0
1. #4 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) def. M.Kay/Eubanks (GT) 8-5
2. Aragone/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. #67 Benito/Segura (GT) 8-5
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) vs. Rakitt/Fiegel (GT) 7-6 DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2
1. #22 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #54 Christopher Eubanks (GT) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)
2. #72 Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 7-5, 0-6, 7-5
3. #3 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Michael Kay (GT) 6-2, 6-4
4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 6-0, 6-0
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa) def. Elijah Melendez (GT) 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,5,6,3,1,2