May 26, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – Virginia men’s tennis players senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) both advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship with victories on Thursday (May 26) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Kwiatkowski cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery in the second round, which also earned Kwiatkowski All-American status for the second-straight year. Kwiatkowski, who advanced to the semifinals in the tournament last year, will face third-seeded Dominik Koepfer of Tulane on Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Shane, the defending NCAA Singles champion who had already earned All-America status by virtue of his No. 8 seed, dropped his first set 6-3 to Elliott Orkin of Florida and was down a break in the second set before rallying to win the second 6-4. Shane closed out the match with a 6-1 victory in the third set to advance to face Virginia Tech’s Joao Monteiro on Friday at 12 p.m. ET in the Round of 16.
The Cavaliers also had two doubles teams competing in first-round matches on Thursday, but both were eliminated with losses.
Shane and his partner Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.), the No. 3 seed, dropped their first-round match 6-2, 6-4 against Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow.
Kwiatkowski and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) fell 6-2, 7-6 (3) to No. 2 Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki of UCLA. Styslinger, who won the NCAA doubles title as a freshman, finished his career with a 95-28 record in doubles.
Live scoring and video streaming for all the matches of the tournament is available at http://streamingtennis.com/Tulsa/dual.html.