Six Cavaliers Earn All-ACC Men's Tennis Honors
April 28, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team had six players named to the 2016 All-ACC Team, in honors announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday (April 28).
The Cavaliers, who won their 13th-consecutive ACC regular-season title this year, had a conference-high six players selected to the teams by a vote of the league’s 13 head coaches. Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) was lauded with first-team honors with junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) being named to the second team. Juniors J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) and sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) were named to the third team.
Shane, who earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career and his second-straight first-team honor, picked up 14 victories this season playing No. 1 singles for the Cavaliers. The defending NCAA singles champion has been ranked in the top-10 for singles for the past five weeks and currently ranks No. 8. Shane is also ranked No. 3 in doubles, compiling a 13-6 record at No. 1 doubles this season.
Kwiatkowski also earned his third-straight All-ACC accolade and his second-consecutive second-team honor. Kwiatkowski has been ranked in the top-10 in singles all season and currently ranks ninth, amassing a 31-7 record, including a 9-2 conference mark and a pair of victories in last weekend’s ACC Championship. Kwiatkowski is 24-7 in doubles this season, playing alongside senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.), including going 17-4 at No. 2 this spring. In the fall, Kwiatkowski won both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA All-American tournament, becoming the first player since 2009 and fourth in the history of the ITA Men’s All-American to win both titles in the same year.
Altamirano, who was an All-ACC Third Team member last season, earned second-team honors this year after compiling a 23-4 record in singles this spring, including going 11-1 in conference matches. Altamirano is currently ranked No. 33 in singles.
Aragone earned his first all-conference honor after posting a 26-5 singles record, including a 12-1 record at No. 4. Aragone, currently ranked No. 102 in singles, won the first 22 ACC singles matches of his career over a span of two-and-a-half seasons, before falling to UNC’s Robert Kelley on April 1, finishing with a 9-2 ACC record this season.
Corinteli has partnered with Shane in doubles this season to go 13-6 at No. 1, including a 5-1 record in ACC matches. Shane and Corinteli won the doubles title at the inaugural Oracle ITA Masters tournament in September, the first national championship of the 2015-16 season. Corinteli and Shane have been ranked in the top-10 in doubles since February 23 and currently rank third. Corinteli is 9-3 in singles this spring, including a 4-1 mark in conference matches.
Wiersholm is 27-5 in singles this season, including a perfect 11-0 mark in ACC matches. It was the third-straight season at least one Cavalier player finished conference play with an 11-0 record. Wiersholm also logged a pair of crucial singles wins that clinched matches during tournament play for the Cavaliers. Wiersholm won the deciding match over Wake Forest at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in February that sent the Cavaliers into the semifinals. Wiersholm also downed UNC’s Jack Murray last weekend to put Virginia in the ACC Championship final.
This is the third time in program history the Cavaliers had six players earn all-conference honors, matching the totals from the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks was selected as the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest was named Freshman of the Year, and the Demon Deacons’ Tony Bresky took home Coach of the Year honors.
The defending national-champion Cavaliers will find out their next opponent when the 2016 NCAA Championship Selection Show streams live online on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. The tournament begins with the NCAA Regional matches at host-school sites May 13-15 and culminates at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Team Championships being held May 20-24 in Tulsa, Okla.
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year, Christopher Eubanks, So., Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year, Petros Chysochos, Wake Forest
Coach of the Year, Tony Bresky, Wake Forest
All-ACC First Team
Christopher Eubanks @, So., Georgia Tech
Benjamin Lock @, Sr., Florida State
Ryan Shane #, Sr., Virginia
Skander Mansouri, So., Wake Forest
Nicolas Alvarez @, So., Duke
Brayden Schnur #, Jr., North Carolina
Joao Monteiro #, Sr., Virginia Tech
Ronnie Schneider #, Jr., North Carolina
Quentin Monaghan #, Sr., Notre Dame
All-ACC Second Team
Petros Chrysochos, Fr., Wake Forest
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski #, Jr., Virginia
Piotr Lomacki, So., Miami
Collin Altamirano @, So., Virginia
Simon Norenius, Sr., NC State
Marco Nunez, Sr., Florida State
Brett Clark #, Sr., North Carolina
Andreas Bjerrehus !, Sr., Virginia Tech
Alex Favrot, Fr., Clemson
All-ACC Third Team
Carolos Benito, Jr., Georgia Tech
Thomas Weigel, Jr., NC State
J.C. Aragone, Jr., Virginia
Robert Kelly, So., North Carolina
Nick Horton, So., NC State
Romain Bogaerts #, Sr., Wake Forest
Amerigo Contini !, Sr., Virginia Tech
Alex Gornet, Sr., Louisville
Edoardo Tessaro, Sr., Virginia Tech
Luca Corinteli, Jr., Virginia
Henrik Wiersholm, So., Virginia
Josh Hagar, Jr., Notre Dame
@ – Two-time honoree
# – Three-time honoree
! Ã¢â‚¬” Four-time honoree