No. 3 Virginia Travels to No. 1 UNC, Duke
|No. 3 Virginia (16-2, 6-0 ACC) at No. 1 North Carolina (20-1, 5-1 ACC) and No. 75 Duke (10-10, 3-4 ACC)|
|Date & Time||April 1 (3 p.m.) | April 3 (3 p.m.)|
|Location||Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium, Durham, N.C.|
|Coverage||UNC Live Stats | UNC Live Video | Duke Live Scoring | Duke Live Video|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
March 31, 2016 – The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team (16-2, 6-0 ACC) begins a 10-day roadtrip on Friday, April 1 by taking on No. 1 North Carolina (20-1, 5-1 ACC) at 3 p.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cavaliers will close out the weekend by facing No. 75 Duke (10-10, 3-4 ACC) on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Live scoring will be available for the North Carolina match while both live scoring and live video will be available for the Duke match.
The Cavaliers and Tar Heels met earlier this season in the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship when the Tar Heels upset the Cavaliers with a 4-2 victory, ending the Cavaliers decade-long streak of 140-consecutive victories over ACC opponents. It was also a match that initially moved UNC into the top spot in the ITA rankings. Virginia briefly reclaimed the top spot during the week of March 15, but UVA is ranked third in this week’s ITA rankings with TCU leaping over the Cavaliers and moving back into the No. 2 spot.
Virginia’s last regular season conference loss was at North Carolina on April 14, 2006, a 4-3 defeat.
The Cavaliers come into the weekend having won eight-straight matches, including three of the last four by a 7-0 score. The Tar Heels have rebounded from a 4-3 loss at Florida State on March 11 by winning their last five matches.
The UNC/UVA match should feature a showdown between the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles team in the nation. Virginia’s senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Luca Corinteli (Falls Church, Va.) are currently ranked No. 2, while the Tar Heels’ Brett Clark and Robert Kelly are ranked third. The Tar Heels have four ranked singles players, including No. 23 Ronnie Schneider and No. 37 Brett Clark.
Duke holds a 49-39 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to 1927. The Cavaliers have cut into the Blue Devils’ lead with 14 consecutive triumphs, and 18 wins in the last 19 meetings. Prior to Virginia’s 18-1 run, the Blue Devils won 22 straight matches from 1985-2003, including Duke’s last win in Durham, a 7-0 victory on March 5, 2003.
Duke has won three of its last four matches, including 5-2 wins over BC and Louisville. The Blue Devils will compete at NC State on Friday afternoon before facing the Cavaliers. Ryan Dickerson is 10-3 in singles in dual matches this season. Catalin Mateas is 13-7, including holding a 7-5 mark at No. 2. Vincent Lin hit the 20-win mark last weekend, posting a 20-13 singles record overall, including a 12-7 record in duals. Lin has won his last three matches heading into the weekend.
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 23-5 in singles this season, including going 11-4 in dual matches. Shane is No. 8 with a 13-6 record and a 10-5 mark at No. 1.
Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) are both 14-1 in singles in dual matches this season with Aragone improving to 22-0 in singles in conference matches in his career.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) is 15-2 in singles this year, including an 8-0 mark at No. 2, and is currently ranked No. 63.
The Cavaliers road trip continues next week with three matches as UVA plays at No. 11 Florida on Wednesday, April 6, at No. 31 Georgia Tech on Friday, April 8 and at Clemson on Sunday, April 10. Virginia will be back at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville on Friday, April 15, hosting No. 6 Wake Forest at 3 p.m.