No. 3 Virginia Closes Out Roadtrip at Georgia Tech, Clemson
|No. 3 Virginia (18-3, 7-1 ACC) at No. 31 Georgia Tech (14-5, 7-2 ACC) and Clemson (13-11, 4-5 ACC)|
|Date & Time||April 8 (5 p.m.) | April 10 (11 a.m.)|
|Location||Ken Byers Tennis Complex, Atlanta, Ga. | Hoke Sloan Tennis Center, Clemson, S.C.|
|Coverage||| GT Links for Live Video ($) | Clemson Live Scoring|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
April 7, 2016 – The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team (18-3, 7-1 ACC) closes out a 10-day roadtrip with a pair of weekend matches. The Cavaliers will play at No. 31 Georgia Tech (14-5, 7-2 ACC) on Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. and at Clemson (13-11, 4-5 ACC) on Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
Live scoring and video will be available for the Georgia Tech match while only live scoring will be available from Clemson.
The Cavaliers remained at No. 3 in this week’s updated ITA team rankings while the Yellow Jackets also held steady at No. 31. Clemson has not been ranked this season.
Virginia is currently second in the ACC standings, a half-point behind Wake Forest (24-4, 8-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets are in third place, a half-point behind the Cavaliers with a 7-2 mark in conference matches. Clemson is tied for seventh place with NC State and Duke. Clemson faces Virginia Tech on Friday before taking on the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Virginia holds a 32-12 record against Georgia Tech and has not lost to the Yellow Jackets since falling 6-1 in Atlanta in 2002. Clemson holds a 42-24 advantage in the all-time series but the Tigers have not downed the Cavaliers since a 4-3 victory in Charlottesville in 2003.
Virginia is coming off a 5-2 victory at No. 14 Florida on Wednesday evening. The Cavaliers dropped the doubles point but won their first four singles matches to clinch the victory and hand the Gators their first home loss of the season.
The Cavaliers, who left Charlottesville on Thursday, March 31, are 2-1 on this road trip with a 6-1 victory at Duke and a 4-3 loss at No. 1 North Carolina.
Virginia is the only team with two players ranked in the top-10 of singles with junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) ranked sixth and senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) at No. 7. Shane and Kwiatkowski are also two of three players to be ranked in both the top-10 in singles and doubles, with Shane and his partner junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) continuing to hold on to the No. 2 ranking while Kwiatkowski and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) are No. 9.
Shane comes into the weekend with 98 singles victories in his Cavalier career.
Kwiatkowski, who has won eight-straight singles matches after downing the Gators’ Elliott Orkin 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 on Wednesday, is now 26-5 in singles this season.
Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) topped 20 singles wins last weekend, improving to 21-4 with victories at No. 4 singles over UNC’s Jack Murray and Duke’s T.J. Pura. Wiersholm, who downed Florida’s Gordon Watson 7-6, 7-6 on Wednesday to clinch the match for UVA, has won 11-straight singles matches and improved to 17-1 in duals this season.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) moved up from No. 63 to No. 38 in the latest ITA rankings. Altamirano, who is 18-2 in singles this season, has won his last seven matches and 10 of his last 11 after battling for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Alfredo Perez on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks is ranked No. 12 in the ITA singles rankings. Eubanks is 28-6 overall and 15-2 playing at No. 1 this season. Brothers Casey and Michale Kay moved up in this week’s doubles rankings from No. 54 to No. 32. Eubanks and Carlos Benito were previously unranked but are at No. 64 this week after improving to 11-2 in duals this season, including an 8-1 record at No. 2.
Clemson’s Alex Favrot is No. 106 in this week’s rankings. Favrot is 12-7 at No. 1 this season. Favrot and Luke Johnson hold a 10-5 record at No. 1 doubles.
Virginia will return to the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville on Friday, April 15, hosting No. 6 Wake Forest at 3 p.m. The Cavaliers final regular-season home match of the season will be on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. aga