No. 4 Cavaliers Post 6-1 Win at No. 32 Florida State
Box Score April 17, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team ran its win streak to 10 matches with a 6-1 victory at No. 32 Florida State on Friday evening at the Scott Spiecher Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improve to 19-3 overall and 11-0 in the conference, while the Seminoles fall to 18-8 overall and 6-5 in the ACC.
The win extended Virginia’s win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 135 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
“Overall I believe we played well,” said head coach Brian Boland. “We started out with great energy in doubles. We look forward to finishing our regular season on Sunday in Miami.”
Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point for the 13th consecutive match. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) wasted little time giving Virginia an early edge with an 8-1 win at No. 2 over Christian Gonzalez Mendez and Michael Rinaldi. Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) and Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) clinched the opening point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez in a battle of top-15 teams.
The Cavaliers quickly doubled the lead in singles as Shane rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Nunez. Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) returned to action after missing a month due to injury and posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jake Albo at No. 5. Kwiatkowski clinched the victory with his 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Gonzalez Mendez.
The Seminoles lone point of the day came at No. 1 where Lock topped Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 1 position. Virginia won the final two matches on the courts as Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) completed a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 over Rinaldi and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) edged Jose Gracia 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-6 in a match tiebreaker at No. 6.
The Cavaliers conclude the regular season on Sunday as they visit Miami. Match time in Coral Gables is 2 p.m.
#4 VIRGINIA 6, #32 FLORIDA STATE 1
1. #5 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) def. #13 Lock/Nunez (FSU) 8-5
2. #62 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Gonzalez Mendez/Rinaldi (FSU) 8-1
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) vs. Whitehurst/Whitehurst (FSU) 6-6 DNF
Order of Finish: 2,1
1. #98 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #20 Mitchell Frank (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
2. #77 Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. #95 Michael Rinaldi (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #4 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Christian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) def. Jake Albo (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Jose Gracia (FSU) 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-6
Order of Finish: 3,5,4,1,2,6