April 13, 2017
To date, this class has amassed a 106-11 record, have been a part of two NCAA team championships, an ITA National Team Indoors title, three regular-season ACC championships and two ACC Tournament crowns and have been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country for at least part of each of their four seasons. Individually, they have earned four All-America honors as well as winning the ITA All-American singles and doubles championships and ITA regional singles and doubles titles.
J.C. Aragone comes into today’s match with 98 career singles victories. The 2016 ITA Atlantic Regional champion is a three-time NCAA All-Tournament Team honoree and has also earned three nods from the ITA All-Tournament team. He was named to both the All-ACC and All-ACC Academic teams last season after being named the ACC Tournament MVP his sophomore season. He began his career by winning 22 consecutive ACC dual regular-season singles matches. He was named the ACC Player of the Week back on February 21 after clinching the victory for the Cavaliers over Ohio State to win the ITA National Team Indoor Championship title, recording a 3-0 singles and 4-0 doubles match record.
Luca Corinteli is a two-time All-American in doubles, ranking as high as No. 2 in the country in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Luca won the ITA Regional doubles championship in his sophomore season and the Oracle/ITA Masters doubles title his junior year. Last year, Luca was voted to both the All-ACC and the All-ACC Academic teams. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after downing the top-ranked doubles team of Hidalgo and Watson in the quarterfinals against Florida and clinching the doubles point in the National Championship match with a 7-5 victory over Axel Alvarez Llamas and Andrew Harris.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is a two-time All-American in singles and as a junior won the singles and doubles titles at the ITA All-American, 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. This fall, he won the American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open, guaranteeing himself a spot in the 2017 US Open Qualifying tournament. He comes into the match with 121 career singles victories, ranking ninth in the UVA record book. Kwiatkowski tied the UVA mark for most singles wins in one season with 44 his sophomore year, the same season that he reached a No. 1 ITA singles ranking. Kwiatkowski was the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the UVA Athletic Department’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Earlier this week, he was named a 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
Alexander Ritschard has been a part of the team for four seasons, competing for the last three. Last season, Alex was sidelined for much of the year recovering from an injury, but came back with a vengeance in the post season, going 4-0 in singles in the NCAA Tournament, earning All-Tournament team honors for his efforts. This season, Alex was a key element in UVA’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship run, being named to the All-Tournament team at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles. Alex has a career record of 39-7 in singles and 15-1 in doubles.