Virginia Hosts Two Matches Saturday
|No. 1 Virginia vs. Elon and Furman|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Feb. 6, 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|
Feb. 5, 2016 – The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team will play two matches on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Center. The Cavaliers (2-0) take on Elon (2-2) at 12 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match against Furman (1-2).
Admission for all home matches is free. Live scoring and video of home matches is available at VirginiaSports.com.
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, is ranked second in the nation. Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.), the reigning NCAA Singles champion, is currently 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.
Kwiatkowski went 2-0 at No. 2 singles in last weekend’s dual matches. Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) also went 2-0, with a victory at No. 3 against Kentucky and No. 1 against Eastern Kentucky. The Cavaliers were 11-1 in singles last weekend and 5-1 in doubles.
Virginia is the only school with three doubles teams in the top-20. Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) and Kwiatkowski, this fall’s ITA All-American doubles champions, are 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.
Elon opened its season with a pair of losses to ACC teams, falling 6-1 to Duke and 5-2 to NC State before downing Barton and Bluefield College 7-0 to improve to 2-2 on the season. Neal Port and Charlie Sullivan are both 2-0 this season in singles.
Furman dropped its first two matches to Vanderbilt, 7-0, and Georgia State, 5-2, before earning a 4-3 victory in a home match over Presbyterian on Jan. 29. The Paladins play at Liberty on Friday afternoon before heading to Charlottesville on Saturday. Adam Steryous is 2-1 this season at No. 1 for Furman.
The Cavaliers will be back at the Boar’s Head Sports Club hosting No. 9 UCLA on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m. as a warm-up before hosting the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-15. The ITA Indoors features the top-16 teams in the nation playing for the first team championship of the year. Virginia has won the title at National Indoors five of the last eight years.