Two Cavaliers Advance to UVa Ranked 1+1 Tournament Singles Finals
Sept. 19, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two Virginia men’s tennis players advanced to the finals of their respective singles draws with a pair of win in Saturday’s second round of the UVa Ranked 1+1 Tournament at the Snyder Tennis Center.
Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), No. 8 in the ITA preseason singles rankings and the top seed in the Blue singles draw, will play in Sunday’s championship match after downing Virginia Tech’s Jai Corbett 6-3, 6-4 and Wake Forest’s Jonathan Ho 7-6, 6-4. Kwiatkowski will face Virginia Tech’s Joao Monteiro, the No. 3 seed, on Sunday at 10 a.m.
In the Orange singles draw, unseeded sophomore Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) advanced to Sunday’s 10 a.m. championship game after defeating Kentucky’s Trey Yates 6-4, 7-6 (4) and second-seeded Piotr Lomacki of Miami 6-4, 6-7, 7-5. Ritschard, ranked No. 115 in the preseason ITA rankings, will face Miami’s Christian Langmo in the final.
In doubles, it was two Cavalier tandems battling for the title in the Orange draw championship match with sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) and junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earning an 8-6 victory over senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) and Kwiatkowski, the top-seeded team in the bracket. Virginia Tech’s Bjerrehus/Monteiro won the Blue draw doubles final.
In other Orange draw singles matches, Styslinger won his first match of the day, defeating Virginia Tech’s Aaron Gomez 7-5, 7-5 before falling to Miami’s Christian Langmo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Senior Jonathan Cornish (London, England) fell 6-3, 6-3 to North Florida’s Jack Findel Hawkins before downing UNF’s Jonathan Deautriell 6-7 (12), 7-5, 6-2.
In the Blue bracket, Aragone fell 3-6, 0-6, 6-4 to Monteiro but rebounded with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Wake Forest’s Keivon Tabrizi. Wiersholm defeated Tabrizi in his first match of the day, 6-3, 6-2 before falling to Monteiro 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. Redshirt junior Harrison Richmond (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) played one singles match, falling to ETSU’s Rogerio Ribeiro 6-2, 6-1.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with a final singles match for all of the tournament’s participants with the first matches beginning at 10 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free.