No. 3 Virginia Wins 5-2 at No. 14 Florida
Box Score April 6, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team (18-3, 7-1 ACC) earned a 5-2 victory at No. 14 Florida (12-5, 7-1 SEC) on Wednesday (April 6) at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla.
The Cavaliers dropped the doubles point but won their first four singles matches to clinch the victory and hand Florida its first home loss of the season.
“Florida is a great team and this was an outstanding match,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “The Gators came out and played some great doubles. I thought we were also energetic and sharp, but things just didn’t go our way. In singles, we responded really well from the beginning and were able to gain momentum. I was pleased with our overall performance tonight. We are now looking forward to the match on Friday at Georgia Tech.”
Junior Thai-Son Kwitakowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) opened the match with a 6-4 victory at No. 2 doubles, but the Gators won 6-4 at both No. 1 and No. 3 to snare the doubles point.
In singles, Kwiatkowski tied up the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Elliott Orkin at No. 2. Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) gave UVA a 2-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 4. Junior Luca Corniteli (Alexandria, Va.) came back after dropping his first set 3-6 to win his second and third, 6-2, 6-3, over McClain Kessler at No. 6. Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) won his first set 7-5 at No. 5 over Gordon Watson and then took his second in a tiebreaker, 7-5, to clinch the match for the Cavaliers. After No. 17 Diego Hidalgo upset No. 7 senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 on No. 1, sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) closed out the match with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Alfredo Perez.
The Cavaliers’ road trip continues at No. 31 Georgia Tech on Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. 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.
#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida 2
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)