No. 1 Virginia Competes at ACC Men's Tennis Championship
|No. 1 Virginia (22-3, 11-1 ACC) at the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship|
|Date & Time||April 22, 12 p.m.
April 23, 2 p.m. (semis) / April 24, 2 p.m. (finals)
|Location||Cary, N.C. | Cary Tennis Park|
|Coverage||Live Scoring | ESPN3 Streaming Video (Sat. and Sun.)|
|Tournament Information||ACC Championship Website | Tickets | Virginia Notes (.pdf) | Tournament Bracket|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Coach Boland Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
April 20, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team will be vying for its 10th-consecutive title at the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship, being held at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
The Cavaliers open the tournament on Friday, April 22 at 12 p.m., taking on N.C. State (18-13, 5-7 ACC) in the quarterfinals.
Live scoring will be available through TheACC.com website with the semifinals and finals being streamed live online on ESPN3. Former United States Davis Cup team captain Patrick McEnroe will serve as the lead announcer for the ESPN3 broadcast. McEnroe, who captained the U.S. Davis Cup championship team in 2007, will be joined by Paul Torricelli on second chair. Torricelli spent over two decades as head coach at Northwestern, where his teams twice went unbeaten in Big Ten play. Brian Clark will also be on hand as the sideline reporters for the men’s matches.
The Cavaliers completed the regular season with an 11-1 mark in conference play, finishing atop the ACC standings for the 13th-consecutive season.
Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) closed out the regular-season by being named the ACC Player of the Week with two singles and two doubles victories over ranked opponents. In singles, Shane took down Wake Forest’s No. 14 Skander Mansouri and No. 37 Piotr Lomacki of Miami. Shane partnered with junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) in doubles as they earned wins over the No. 14 pair of Mansouri and Christian Seraphim from Wake Forest and the No. 72 team of Max Andrews and Bernard Tefel of Miami. Shane is No. 8 in singles and No. 2 in doubles (with Corinteli) in this week’s ITA rankings. Shane and UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald are the only two players to currently be ranked in the top-10 in both singles and doubles.
Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) is the highest ranked singles player in the ACC, currently at No. 6. Kwiatkowski, who won both the singles and the doubles titles at the ITA All-American in the fall, is 29-6 in singles this season, including a 17-5 mark in duals, winning 11 of his last 12 matches. Kwiatkowski is a perfect 10-0 at No. 3 singles this spring.
Kwiatkowski and his doubles partner senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) are ranked No. 17 in doubles this week. The Cavaliers are the only team in the nation to have two doubles teams currently ranked in the top-20.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) is 21-3 in singles this spring, including an 11-1 conference record. Altamirano had won nine-straight singles matches before falling 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 to No. 21 Peter Chrysochos of Wake Forest last Friday. Altamirano is currently ranked No. 40.
Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) went 11-0 in conference singles matches this spring, the third-straight year at least one Cavalier player went 11-0 in ACC matches. Wiersholm is 21-1 in singles this spring and has won 15-consecutive singles matches. Wiersholm’s last loss was on Feb. 15, falling to UNC’s Anudeep Kodali in the ITA National Team Indoors final.
Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.), last year’s ACC tournament MVP, has mainly alternated between playing No. 4 and No. 5 singles this spring, boasting a 9-1 mark at four and an 8-2 record at five.
The tournament champion will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in a live-streaming selection show on NCAA.com.