No. 4 Virginia Takes on No. 26 Tulsa, No. 13 Oklahoma
|No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (10-2, 2-0 ACC) vs. No. 26 Tulsa (7-5, 0-0 AAC) and No. 13 Oklahoma (7-5, 0-0 Big 12)|
|Date & Time||March 10 (6 p.m. ET) | March 12 (4 p.m. ET)|
|Location||Tulsa, Okla. | Michael D. Case Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring and Video|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
March 9, 2016 – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (10-2, 2-0 ACC) will play two matches this week at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., taking on No. 26 Tulsa (7-5, 0-0 AAC) on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. ET and No. 13 Oklahoma (7-5, 0-0 Big 12) on Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. ET.
Live scoring and video for both matches will be available on the TulsaHurricane.com website with that link posted on VirginiaSports.com.
The University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center will be the host site for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, May 19-30
The Cavaliers are coming off a pair of wins last weekend as they downed Louisville, 7-0, and No. 53 Virginia Tech, 6-1, to open conference play. Both sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) and junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) picked up their 10th singles wins of the dual season at Virginia Tech. Altamirano, who is 10-1 this season including a 6-0 record at No. 3, is ranked No. 47 in the latest ITA singles rankings. Aragone (10-0 in duals, 14-2 overall) is No. 116. Junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) is ranked for the first time this season in singles, coming in at No. 112 after downing Virginia Tech’s Jai Corbett 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.
Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) moved up one spot to No. 13 after battling No. 20 Joao Monteiro 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in Sunday’s match at Virginia Tech. Shane is 6-3 at No. 1 singles in duals this year.
Shane and Corinteli moved up one spot in the doubles rankings, going to No. 6. The tandem is 7-2 at the No. 1 court this season. Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) are ranked seventh in the ITA doubles rankings with a perfect 6-0 record at No. 2 in duals this season.
Several of the Cavaliers have a familiarity with the courts in Tulsa. Kwiatkowski won the singles title and partnered with Styslinger to win the doubles championships at the 2015 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in the fall (Oct. 15). Aragone and Corinteli also competed in qualifying for the All-American.
Tulsa has lost three of its last four matches, including a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma on Feb. 20, falling from last week’s No. 20 ranking to its present No. 26. Or Ram-Harel is the only ranked Hurricane at No. 39. Ram-Harel is 2-4 playing at No. 1 this season. A pair of Tulsa players, Carlos Bautista, with an 11-8 record, and Daniel Santos at 10-4, have logged double-digit victories this season. Bautista and Juan Gonzalez are 10-6 at doubles, including a 7-3 record in dual matches.
Saturday will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Championship. Virginia and Oklahoma faced one another in the NCAA Final last season (May 19, 2015) in Waco, Texas with Virginia winning 4-1. Virginia won the doubles point after Corinteli/Shane, Styslinger/Kwiatkowski and Altamirano/Aragone swept the doubles matches. In singles, Altamirano and Kwiatkowski each won their singles matches, with Kwiatkowski defeating Alex Ghilea 6-3, 6-4, before Mitchell Frank closed out the match with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Alex Harris. Oklahoma returns five of its six singles players from its NCAA lineup.
This season, Oklahoma went 2-1 at the ITA National Men’s Team Indoors in Charlottesville in February, falling to Wake Forest, 4-1, in the first round but rebounding with wins over San Diego (4-0) and Illinois (4-2). The Sooners have lost two of their last three matches including a 4-1 setback against Ohio State last Sunday. Axel Alvarez Llamas is one of three Sooners that are currently in the ITA singles rankings, coming in at No. 41. Maxime Mora is ranked No. 92 while Alexandru Ghilea is No. 99.
The Cavaliers return home to host No. 27 N.C. State on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. match against No. 38 Notre Dame on Sunday, March 20. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Snyder Tennis Center.