Five Cavaliers Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
May 4, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team had five individuals selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Individual Championships, being held May 25-30 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 19-24. The University of Tulsa will serve as host.
Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.), junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) were selected to the 64-player singles field, while the tandem of Shane and junior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) as well as Kwiatkowski and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) were selected to the 32-team doubles field.
The Cavaliers have at least three selections to the NCAA Singles Championship for the ninth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the nation. Virginia has at least one seeded player in the singles draw for the 11th consecutive season, also the longest active streak in the nation. Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion, is the No. 8 seed and is making his third-consecutive appearance in the tournament. Shane, who earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career and his second-straight first-team honor this year, picked up 14 victories this season playing No. 1 singles for the Cavaliers.
Kwiatkowski was selected to compete in his second NCAA Singles Championship. Kwiatkowski, a second-team All-ACC honoree, earned a 9-16 seed after amassing a 31-7 singles record, including a 9-2 conference mark and a pair of victories in the ACC Championship. 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, a second-team All-ACC honoree, will be competing in his first NCAA Singles Championship. Altamirano compiled a 23-4 record in singles this spring, including going 13-2 at No. 2 singles.
In doubles, Shane and Corinteli are the tournament’s No. 4 seed and are making their second-straight trip to the doubles championship. The duo is 16-6 in doubles including a 13-6 record at No. 1. Kwiatkowski and Styslinger, who won the ITA All-American doubles championship in the fall, are 24-7 in doubles this season, including going 17-4 at No. 2 this spring. Styslinger won the NCAA Doubles title his freshman season, playing alongside Jarmere Jenkins.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 25-30 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 19-24. The University of Tulsa will serve as host.
All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.
First Round Singles, Wednesday May 25
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski vs. Stefan Lindmark (Ole Miss), 4:30 p.m. CT
Collin Altamirano vs. William Bushamuka (Kentucky), 5 p.m. CT
Ryan Shane vs. Andre Goransson (Californai), 5:30 p.m. CT
First Round Doubles, Thursday May 26
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger vs. Martin Redlicki and McKenzie McDonald (UCLA), TBA
Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli vs. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M), TBA