Cavaliers Finish Play at the ITA All-American
Oct. 7, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – Three members of the Virginia men’s tennis team competed at the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, the first national championship tournament of the 2016-17 season, held October 6-10 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), the No. 2 seed in the singles tournament and the defending champion in both the singles and doubles brackets, opened play with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Penn’s Kyle Mautner. In the second round, Kwiatkowski dropped the first set to UCLA’s Martin Redlicki, 6-3 but prevailed in a tiebreaker to take the second set 7-6. In the third set, he broke Redlicki at 5-5 and then held serve to earn the 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 and advance to Saturday’s round of 16. Kwiatkowski picked up a quick 6-2 victory in the first set of his Round of 16 match against Cal’s Florian Lakat, but Lakat came back and won the final two sets 6-2, 6-0 to end Kwiatkowski’s quest for a repeat title.
In doubles, Kwiatkowski and senior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) downed qualifiers Niclas Braun and Trevor Foshey of Mississippi State 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5) in the opening round. The tandem picked up a 6-4, 7-5 victory over fourth-seeded Herkko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals where they fell in a third-set tiebreaker to North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites, 6-4, 1-6, (10-7).
Senior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) faced top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State in the first round of the singles draw, falling 6-2, 7-5. In the consolation bracket, Aragone downed Antonio Cembellin of Indiana 6-4, 6-3 in Friday’s first round before falling on Saturday 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to Notre Dame’s Josh Hagar.
Corinteli competed in singles qualifying earlier in the week, downing South Carolina’s Harrion O’Keefe 6-2, 6-3 in his first-round qualifying match, but fell 6-2, 6-3 to 12th-seeded Josh Hagar of Notre Dame in the second round on Tuesday.
This marks the 12th straight year that the University of Tulsa has served as the official tournament host with the singles and doubles main draws taking place at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, which was also the site of the 2016 NCAA Championships.
A player from the ACC has won the Saint Francis ITA Men’s All-American Singles Championship in each of the past six years. Stanford has won the most men’s singles titles with six, followed by Georgia and Virginia with five apiece.