Top-10 Matchup With Wake Forest on Friday at Snyder
|No. 7 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (25-4, 9-1 ACC) at No. 1 Virginia (20-3, 9-1 ACC)|
|Date & Time||April 15, 3 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Snyder Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring and Video|
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April 14, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team (20-3, 9-1 ACC) will host No. 7 Wake Forest (25-4, 9-1 ACC) on Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center.
The match will take place at the same time that the No. 13 Virginia women’s tennis team (12-9, 7-5 ACC) hosts Pittsburgh (7-11, 1-11 ACC) at the Snyder Tennis Center.
The men’s doubles matches will take place on courts 1-3 with singles taking place on 1-3 and 6-8. The women will play doubles on courts 6-8 and singles on courts 4-5, 9-10, 11-12 (1&2, 3&4, 5&6 singles will play in this court order, respectively).
Live streaming and live stats will be available on courts 1-3 and 6-8 for men’s and women’s doubles and all six men’s singles matches. Admission to the matches is free and free parking is available in the Culbreth Garage. Free Virginia Athletics water bottles will be given out to the first 400 fans. There will also be a face painter and balloon artist on hand.
The Cavaliers returned to a No. 1 ranking in this week’s updated ITA team rankings after spending the last three weeks ranked second and third. Wake Forest fell one spot from No. 6 to No. 7.
Both the Cavaliers and Demon Deacons are 9-1 in conference matches this season. With Georgia Tech, Florida State and North Carolina each having three conference losses this season, the winner of the Virginia/Wake match will guarantee themselves the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC tournament and at least a share of the regular-season ACC title. Virginia has won 12-straight ACC regular-season titles dating back to 2004.
The Cavaliers and Demon Deacons faced one another earlier this season in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In the February 13 match, the Cavaliers edged then-No. 10 Wake Forest, 4-3. With the match tied 3-3, sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) pulled out a 6-3 victory over Christian Seraphim in the third set at No. 6 singles to give the Cavaliers the win.
The Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 13 matches with a 4-3 loss on April 1 being the lone setback. Wake Forest has won 12-straight matches, including a 4-3 victory at North Carolina on April 3, with its last loss coming on March 6 against NC State.
Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.), ranked ninth in the current ITA rankings, comes into the match with 99 singles victories in his Cavalier career. Shane and junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) are ranked third in doubles with an 11-4 record this season at No. 1.
Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) is currently sixth in the ITA singles rankings and 10th in doubles with senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.). Kwiatkowski is 27-6 in singles and 21-5 in doubles.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.), No. 39 in the singles rankings, has won nine-straight singles matches, improving to 20-2 on the season and 11-0 at No. 2 singles. Wiersholm has the longest active singles-match win streak on the team. Wiersholm has won 13-straight matches with his last loss coming in the ITA Indoors finals on Feb. 15 against UNC’s Anudeep Kodali. Altamirano is 10-0 in conference matches and Wiersholm is 9-0.
The Demon Deacons’ Skander Mansouri is 27-7 on the season including a 10-4 mark at No. 1. Mansouri is currently No. 14 in the ITA singles rankings. Petros Chrysochos is 18-2 this season with a 15-0 record at No. 2. Chrysochos has won his last 10 singles matches. Seraphim is 32-8 this season, including a 20-2 mark in duals. Seraphim has won 12 matches in a row and has a 13-2 record at No. 6.
The Cavaliers’ final regular-season home match will be on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. against Miami. Virginia’s three seniors, Shane, Styslinger and Jonathan Cornish (London, England) will be honored in a brief ceremony between doubles and singles matches for Senior Day. Sunday’s match will include a Sunday Sundae bar with free ice cream for the fans.