No. 4 Cavaliers Top No. 28 Louisville to Clinch ACC Regular Season Title
Box Score April 12, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team clinched its 12th consecutive ACC regular season title as it downed No. 28 Louisville 6-1 Sunday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (18-3, 10-0 ACC) extended their win streak to nine matches, while the Cardinals (23-6, 7-4 ACC) saw their fourth match win streak snapped.
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 134 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
“I thought the team played well today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “There were great conditions to play and I was happy we could have a result like this to close out our regular season home schedule. We once again had a great crowd out here and hopefully we will get to play two more matches in this atmosphere in the NCAAs.”
Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point for the 12th consecutive match. Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) gave the Cavaliers the early edge with an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Albert Wagner and Van Domrongsri. The opening point was clinched at No. 3 where Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) and Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) downed Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Chris Simich 8-4.
The Cavaliers carried their momentum into singles as they won all six first sets. J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) completed his straight-set win first, downing Domrongsri 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5. Seconds later Kwiatkowski extended the lead to 3-0 with his 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Simich. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) clinched the victory with his 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
Virginia extended the lead to 6-0 before Louisville won the final match on the courts. At No. 6, Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) defeated Luis Elizondo 6-4, 6-4 and Frank added a 6-2, 6-4 win over Wagner at No. 2 for the Cavaliers. At No. 1, Stiefelmeyer rallied to edge Altamirano 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 for the lone point of the day for the Cardinals.
The Cavaliers have won at least a share of the ACC regular season title every year since 2004. Virginia can clinch its 10th outright title during that span with one win next week.
“Outside of the success our players have had long after they have left here, there is nothing I am more proud of than the consistency we have had as a program,” said Boland. “We have tremendous respect for the ACC and to win 12 straight regular season titles is an incredible accomplishment.”
The Cavaliers conclude their regular season schedule next week with a pair of road matches. Virginia visits Florida State on April 17 and Miami on April 19.
#4 VIRGINIA 6, #28 LOUISVILLE 1
1. #4 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #56 Gornet/Brown (UL) 6-7 DNF
2. #55 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Wagner/Damrongsri (UL) 8-3
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) def. Stiefelmeyer/Simich (UL) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3
1. #8 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL) def. #72 Collin Altamirano (UVa) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. #22 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #014 Albert Wagner (UL) 6-2, 6-4
3. #3 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Alex Gornet (UL) 6-3, 6-4
4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Chris Simich (UL) 6-3, 6-3
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Van Domrongsri (UL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa) def. Luis Elizondo (UL) 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,4,3,6,2,1