No. 4 Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech and UNC This Weekend
|Friday, April 7, 3 p.m. vs. Virginia Tech (8-10, 3-5 ACC)
Sunday, April 9 vs. No. 11 North Carolina (19-2, 6-1 ACC)
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Snyder Tennis Center|
|Coverage||Live Scoring and Video|
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April 6, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (18-1, 5-1 ACC) plays two matches this weekend, hosting Virginia Tech (8-10, 3-5 ACC) on Friday, April 7 at 3 p.m., and No. 11 North Carolina (18-2, 5-1 ACC) on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Admission is free for all UVA home tennis matches and free parking is available at the Culbreth Garage. Live scoring and live streaming video will also be available via the link posted on VirginiaSports.com.
On Sunday, the Cavalier Band will be at the match and there will be free ice cream and toppings with the Sunday Sundae Bar after the doubles point (while supplies last).
Please note that Sunday’s match time has been changed to 1 p.m. from its previously announced start time.
Friday’s match is part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 22 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information. One point is on the line in the match. Virginia Tech currently leads the Commonwealth Clash 9-6.
Virginia is ranked No. 4 in this week’s Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings after falling at No. 1 Wake Forest, 5-2, on Friday night and sweeping Clemson 7-0 on Sunday. The Cavaliers have downed four of the six ACC opponents they have faced this season by a 7-0 score.
Junior Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) improved to 12-0 in singles with a pair of wins last weekend, including toppling Wake’s Christian Seraphim 7-6 (5), 6-3. Wiersholm moved back into the singles rankings, coming in at No. 79. Senior Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) also had a strong showing last weekend, picking up a pair of wins at No. 6 singles, including downing Wake’s Alan Gadjiev 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles, seniors Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) are a perfect 12-0 this season, including an 8-0 mark at No. 2. The Cavaliers are 39-9 overall in doubles this season, including a 10-3 mark against ACC opponents.
Virginia Tech also split last weekend, downing Clemson 6-1 before falling 5-2 at No. 35 Louisville. Jai Corbett is the Hokies’ highest-ranked player at No. 103. Corbett is 6-9 at No. 1 singles this season. Freddy Mesmer is 10-1 in singles this season, including a 6-0 record at No. 6 and 3-1 at No. 5.
North Carolina’s two losses this season were a 4-3 setback at Wake Forest and a 4-0 blanking against Virginia in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. In that match, junior Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) downed Ronnie Schneider at No. 1, freshman Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) defeated Simon Soendergaard at No. 3 and Ritschard topped Jack Murray at No. 5 to clinch the match. All three were decided in straight sets. Last season, the Tar Heels downed the Cavaliers 4-2 in the 2016 ITA National Team Indoor final and won the regular-season match-up 4-3, but Virginia prevailed 4-3 in the semifinals of the ACC Championship, a match in which Virginia rallied from a 3-0 deficit to have Wiersholm clinch the victory with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Murray at five.
Schneider is the highest-ranked Tar Heel, falling to No. 23 in the latest rankings. William Blumberg is ranked No. 34 and Robert Kelly is No. 93. Kelly is 20-6 this season, including a 13-2 mark in duals.
The Cavaliers’ homestand will continue into next week when Virginia hosts Georgia Tech on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Georgia Tech match will be Senior Day with Kwiatkowski, Ritschard, Corinteli and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) all being honored in a brief on-court ceremony that will be held at the end of the doubles point and prior to the beginning of singles play.