Six Cavaliers Earn Spots in Final ITA Singles Rankings
June 1, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The national-champion Virginia men’s tennis team has six players listed in the final 2016 Oracle/ITA Division I National Singles Rankings as well as having three ranked doubles teams in the end-of-season list released Wednesday (June 1) by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Cavaliers also finished the season as the top-ranked team in the nation.
Junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), who earned his second-straight ITA Singles All-American honors after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, finished the season ranked No. 7. Kwiatkowski, the NCAA Tournament Outstanding Player, spent the entire season ranked in the top-10, amassing a 39-8 record. In the fall, Kwiatkowski won both the singles and doubles title 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. Kwiatkowski and doubles partner Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) finished the season ranked No. 19.
Senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.), who was an All-American in both singles and doubles for the second-straight season, finished his season ranked No. 15 in singles and No. 2 in doubles. Shane and doubles partner Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) moved up from a No. 4 ranking after a strong-showing in the NCAA Tournament, earning All-Tournament honors at No. 1 doubles after going undefeated in the tournament, including toppling then-ranked No. 1 Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson of Florida in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) finished his season ranked No. 34 in singles. Altamirano played in the NCAA Singles Championship and finished the season with a 24-4 record in singles, including going 14-2 at No. 2. Altamirano was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team at No. 3 doubles.
Sophomore Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland), ranked No. 84, finished his year with a perfect 12-0 record in singles, including logging four wins at No. 4 singles during the NCAA Tournament and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.), ranked No. 110, followed up earning his first career all-conference honor by becoming the only player this season to earn both NCAA All-Tournament honors in both singles and doubles. Aragone was 29-6 in singles, including a 25-4 mark in dual matches.
Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.), whose victory at No. 6 singles against Oklahoma clinched the NCAA Championship for the Cavaliers, finishes the year ranked No. 116. Wiersholm was 31-5 in singles including a stellar 26-2 record in dual matches. Wiersholm, who was 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament, was named to the All-Tournament team.
Wiersholm and Aragone were the third doubles team to be ranked at No. 89.
In addition to the All-America and NCAA All-Tournament honors, the Cavaliers had a conference-best six players earn All-ACC honors [Altamirano, Aragone, Corinteli, Kwiatkowski, Shane and Wiersholm]. Head coach Brian Boland was also named the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year.