No. 1 Virginia Opens 2016 Season Sunday
|No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 51 Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky|
|Date & Time||Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, 12 and 5 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Boyd Tinsley Courts|
|Coverage||Live Scoring | Live Video|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
Jan. 29, 2016 – The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team will begin the 2016 season this Sunday, Jan. 31 by hosting a pair of dual matches at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Center. Virginia (0-0) takes on No. 51 Kentucky (4-0) at 12 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match against Eastern Kentucky (0-5).
Admission for all home matches is free. Live scoring and video of home matches is available at VirginiaSports.com.
The defending-national champion Cavaliers have five singles players and three doubles teams in the latest individual rankings, also released Tuesday.
Virginia is one of two teams to have two singles players ranked in the top-15. Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), who won the ITA All-American singles and doubles championships this fall, will begin the season ranked second in the nation. Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.), the reigning NCAA Singles champion, will start the season at No. 11. Additionally, sophomore Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) is No. 72, junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) is No. 74 and sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) is No. 90, giving the Cavaliers five players with top-100 rankings.
Virginia is the only school with three doubles teams in the top-20. Styslinger and Kwiatkowski, this fall’s ITA All-American doubles champions, will begin the spring ranked fifth. Junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) and Shane, this fall’s Oracle/ITA Masters doubles champions, are No. 15. Wiersholm and Aragone are ranked No. 18.
Kentucky went from being unranked to rising to No. 51 in this week’s rankings. The Wildcats have started the season 4-0, including defeating No. 13 Duke, 4-3, on Jan. 17 in Durham. The Wildcats have two ranked singles players with No. 77 William Bushamuka and No. 117 Nils Ellefsen. Bushamaka and Beck Pennington’s doubles team is ranked 58.
Eastern Kentucky is 0-5 this season, including a 7-0 season-opening loss at Kentucky and a pair of 4-0 losses in dual matches last Saturday to Western Michigan and Purdue.
The Cavaliers will be back in action at the Boar’s Head next weekend as well, hosting Elon and Furman on Saturday, Feb. 6, with those matches scheduled to begin at noon and 5 p.m.