No. 1 Virginia Hosts No. 33 NC State, No. 23 FSU This Weekend
|No. 33 NC State (11-8, 1-2 ACC) and No. 23 Florida State (11-4, 3-1 ACC) at No. 1 Virginia (12-2, 2-0 ACC)|
|Date & Time||March 18 (3 p.m.) | March 20 (1 p.m.)|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Snyder Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring and Video|
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March 17, 2016 – The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team (12-2, 2-0 ACC) will host two matches this week taking on No. 33 NC State (11-8, 1-2 ACC) on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. and No. 23 Florida State (11-4, 3-1 ACC) on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. ET.
Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Snyder Tennis Center. Live scoring and video for both matches will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Friday’s match will be the first home contest for the Cavaliers since the Feb. 15 championship match of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and its first to be played outdoors at the Snyder Tennis Center this season.
The Cavaliers moved back to the top of the ITA rankings this week after winning a pair of matches in Tulsa, Okla., against No. 26 Tulsa, 6-1, and No. 13 Oklahoma, 4-3, coupled with then-No. 51 Florida State upsetting No. 1 North Carolina, 4-3.
Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), currently ranked No. 3, went 2-0 in singles last weekend, downing Tulsa’s Dylan McCloskey 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 at No. 3 singles and Oklahoma’s Alex Ghilea 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2.
Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) won both of his singles matches last week, downing Tulsa’s Dominic Bechard 6-1, 6-2 and Oklahoma’s Florin Bragusi, 6-0, 6-4. Wiersholm is now 15-4 in singles and 10-1 in dual matches.
In doubles, the sixth-ranked tandem of senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) improved to 12-2 in doubles with a pair of victories against Tulsa and Oklahoma.
A week after then-No. 40 NC State upset No. 7 Wake Forest, 4-3, the 27th-ranked Wolfpack fell 6-2 to No. 42 Georgia Tech. Simon Norenius is 21-5 this season in singles and 14-3 in duals, including a 7-1 mark at No. 1 and 6-2 at No. 2. Norenius is currently ranked No. 73.
Florida State is coming off its 4-3 victory over North Carolina, the first-ever win for the Seminoles over a No. 1 team. Benjamin Lock was named the ACC Player of the Week this week after No. 30 Lock beat UNC’s No. 38 Brayden Schnur, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, breaking a 2-2 tie and set the stage for No. 90 Marco Nunez to clinch the match on Court 2. Florida State jumped from No. 51 to No. 23 in this week’s ITA rankings, the largest leap for any school in the country.
The Cavaliers continue their current homestand next weekend, hosting No. 38 Notre Dame on Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m. and Boston College on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Snyder Tennis Center. Admission is free.