|No. 3 Virginia at 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships|
|Dates||May 14-19, 2015|
|Location||Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring/Video | Tournament Central | NCAA Bracket|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Facebook | Notes|
May 12, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-seeded Virginia men’s tennis team begins play at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Thursday as men’s round of 16 play is held at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The Cavaliers (25-3) will play Columbia (16-5) in a match beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Links to NCAA live scoring and streaming video will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are making their 12th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16, tied for the third-longest active streak nationally, behind UCLA and Baylor and tied with Georgia. Virginia has advanced to the quarterfinals in each of the past 10 seasons, the longest active streak in the nation. The Cavaliers won their first NCAA title in 2013 after back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012. Virginia has had semifinal appearances in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014.
Virginia advanced to the round of 16 with a pair of wins last weekend in the Charlottesville regional. The Cavaliers posted 4-0 wins over St. John’s in the first round and Minnesota in the second round. Virginia enters the round of 16 on a 16-match win streak.
The Cavaliers are led by four players who were selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships later this month. Junior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) is the No. 8 seed in the singles draw and the No. 3 seed in the doubles draw with sophomore Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.). Senior Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) was selected for his fourth NCAA Singles Championship, while sophomore Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) will make his debut in the singles draw.
Columbia is making its second consecutive NCAA round of 16 appearance after winning the Oxford regional. The Lions downed Georgia Tech 4-1 in the first round and upset No. 14 seed Ole Miss 4-1 in the second round.
Thursday’s match is the first meeting between the schools in the NCAA Tournament and the first meeting overall in 15 years. The Cavaliers have won all four previous meetings, most recently a 6-1 victory over the Lions at the Boar’s Head Sports Club during the 2000 season.
The winner of the Virginia-Columbia match will play the winner of the Texas A&M-Ohio State match in the quarterfinals. That match is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT Saturday.