May 25, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – Virginia men’s tennis players senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) both picked up opening-round wins in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday (May 25) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Shane, the defending NCAA Singles champion, opened up the tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 (0) victory over California’s Andre Goransson. Shane, the No. 8 seed in the tournament, will face Elliott Orkin of Florida on Thursday in the second round at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Kwiatkowski, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship last night, advanced to the second round of the singles tournament with 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark. Kwiatkowski will face Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery in the second round at 1 p.m. ET.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.), making his first appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship, fell in the first round 6-4, 6-4 to Kentucky’s William Bushamuka. Altamirano finishes his season with a 24-5 singles record.
In addition to their second-round singles matches, Shane and Kwiatkowski will also play first-round doubles matches on Thursday. Shane and his partner Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.), the No. 3 seed, will face Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow at 6 p.m. ET while Kwiatkowski and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) will take on No. 2 Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki of UCLA at 5:30 p.m.