Dec. 22, 2015
To say that this was a successful fall for the Cavaliers might be an understatement. Since late summer, UVA players have won three collegiate national championships, three ITF Futures tournaments and several other collegiate tournament titles.
In the three national collegiate championships contested in the fall, the Cavaliers won three titles.
In September. Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli won the doubles title at the first collegiate championship of the year, the Oracle/ITA Masters tournament in Malibu which featured sixteen of the top returning Division I men’s and women’s singles players, along with eight outstanding men’s and women’s doubles teams. Shane also won the consolation singles bracket.
In October at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won the singles title and partnered with Mac Styslinger to win the doubles championship at the second collegiate national championship of the season. Kwiatkowski became the first player since 2009 and fourth in the history of the ITA Men’s All-American to win the singles and doubles championships in the same year. Kwiatkowski was the fifth player from Virginia in the past six years to win the All-American singles title and sixth-straight ACC representative to garner top honors.
The Cavaliers also fared well in the professional ranks, winning three Futures titles.
Ryan Shane won a pair of titles. In August, he partnered with his brother and former Cavalier Justin Shane `14 to win the doubles title at the CarX Futures of Champaign. In September, Shane won his first career ITF Futures singles title at the Costa Mesa Pro Classic. Shane nearly won his second Futures singles title when he was the runner-up at the Tallahassee Futures the last week in November.
Shane also competed in the main draw of the US Open, winning a set in his opening-round match against World No. 27 Jeremy Chardy.
Henrik Wiersholm played in a pair of Futures qualifying tournaments, advancing through qualifying and into the main draw at both the Texas Tamale Company Houston Futures and the Pensacola Futures. Wiersholm went on quite a run in Pensacola, earning his first career ATP points with a victory in the main draw opening round and then going on to win the tournament. Wiersholm had a stretch during his title run where he won 28-straight games.
In collegiate fall tournaments, the Cavaliers won three of the four brackets at their home fall tournament, the UVA Ranked 1+1, with Wiersholm and J.C. Aragone winning a doubles bracket and Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard winning the two singles brackets. Ritschard also won his singles bracket at the Wake Forest Invitational and finished the fall with an 8-0 record in singles.
Virginia’s first official match of the spring season will be on Sunday, January 31 when the Cavaliers host Kentucky at 12 noon at the Boars Head Sports Club.
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