No. 2 Virginia Hosts Notre Dame, Boston College
|No. 46 Notre Dame (10-8, 4-2 ACC) and Boston College (3-10, 0-5 ACC) at No. 2 Virginia (14-2, 4-0 ACC)|
|Date & Time||March 25 (3 p.m.) | March 27 (1 p.m.)|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Snyder Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring and Video|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
March 24, 2016 – The No. 2 Virginia men’s tennis team (14-2, 4-0 ACC) will host two matches this week, taking on No. 46 Notre Dame (10-8, 4-2 ACC) on Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m. and Boston College (3-10, 0-5 ACC) on Saturday, March 26 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. Free pizza and Pepsi products will be available at Saturday’s match starting at 1 p.m. (while supplies last).
Despite a pair of 7-0 victories last week over No. 33 NC State and No. 23 Florida State, the Cavaliers dropped one spot in the ITA rankings, falling to No. 2 with North Carolina (18-1, 3-1 ACC) reclaiming the No. 1 position.
The Cavaliers have two singles players in the top-10 in this week’s ITA rankings. Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) is ranked seventh. Kwiatkowski is 22-5 in singles this season, including going 10-4 in dual matches. Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) moved up from No. 13 to No. 8 in this week’s rankings. Shane is 12-5 in singles this season with a 9-4 mark at No. 1.
Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) improved to 13-1 in dual matches with a pair of singles victories last weekend. Aragone is 21-0 in singles in conference matches in his career. Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) improved to 12-1 in duals and 17-4 overall with a pair of wins last weekend.
Shane and junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) moved from No. 6 to No. 2 in the latest doubles rankings. The tandem is 12-2 overall this season and 9-2 at the No. 1 court in duals. Kwiatkowski and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) are ranked No. 8, posting a 9-1 record at No. 2 doubles.
Notre Dame’s Quentin Monaghan is this week’s ACC Player of the Week after wins over two top-30 singles opponents, No. 20 Nicolas Alvarez of Duke and No. 28 Piotr Lomacki of Miami. Monaghan rose nine spots to No. 33 in the latest singles poll.
The Irish picked up a pair of big wins last weekend, defeating Duke and Miami (Fla.) at home, both by a score of 5-2. In a match that was closer than the final score indicated, the Irish beat the Blue Devils Friday by winning six of seven tiebreaker sets, and both singles matches that went into decisive third sets. On Sunday, the Irish lost the doubles point to the Hurricanes, but came back to win five of six singles matches to secure the win.
Boston College has lost its last six matches, including falling 5-2 last Sunday at home against Duke. The Eagles will play Friday at NC State before taking on the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Eagles’ No. 2 doubles team of Aidan McNulty and Alexandre Thirouin is 8-2 this season, including winning three-straight matches.
The Cavaliers will be back on the road next week, playing at No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. and Duke on Sunday, April 3. Virginia will be back at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville on Friday, April 15, hosting Wake Forest at 3 p.m.