Virginia Advances to the ACC Semifinals
Box Score April 28, 2017
ROME, Ga. – The Virginia men’s tennis team (26-1, 11-1 ACC) advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship with a 4-0 victory over Louisville (21-9, 6-6 ACC) on Friday (April 28) at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Ga.
The second-seeded Cavaliers clinched the doubles point and picked up victories at the one, five and six singles courts to eliminate seven-seed Louisville.
The Cavaliers will take on four-seed North Carolina (24-3, 10-2 ACC) on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in the semifinals.
Seniors Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) opened play with a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Senior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and junior Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) clinched the point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.
In singles, courts one, five and six all finished within moments of one another. Ritschard finished first, picking up a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff at the top court. Aragone followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Brandon Lancaster at No. 5. Junior Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) finished things off with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Clement Filho at the six court. The Cavaliers had won four of six first sets with Altamirano winning his second set 6-4 at four to force a third set right before the match was abandoned.
North Carolina advanced after downing Florida State, 4-1, in their quarterfinal match.
The Cavaliers are vying for their 12th ACC title. Live scoring will be available for all matches through the conference’s website (TheACC.com). Sunday’s championship match will stream live online on ESPN3/ WatchESPN App as an ACC Network Extra production.
Tickets for a championship pass are $16 for adults and $12 for children (9+) and seniors (+55) with children under eight and college students of ACC Schools (with a valid I.D.) free. Single day tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children (9+) and seniors (+55) with children under eight and college students of ACC Schools (with a valid I.D.) free. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or purchased on site at the championship.
The tournament champion will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Tuesday, May 2 at 5 p.m. in a live-streaming selection show on NCAA.com. NCAA Regionals begin on Friday, May 12 at host sites. The NCAA Round of 16 begins on Thursday, May 18 in Athens, Ga.
Virginia 4, Louisville 0
1. #90 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. C. Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) 6-2, 6-3
2. #15 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs. Parker Wynn (UL) 5-7, 3-4, unfinished
3. #109 Carl Soderlund (VA) vs. Nicolas Rouanet (UL) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
4. #46 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. George Hedley (UL) 3-6, 6-4, unfinished
5. #117 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Brandon Lancaster (UL) 6-3, 6-4
6. #95 Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Clement Filho (UL) 6-3, 6-3
1. #16 Luca Corinteli/Carl Soderlund (VA) vs. #31 Sean Donohue/Parker Wynn (UL) 3-4, unfinished
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Nicolas Rouanet/Ciro Lampasas (UL) 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. C. Morin-Kougoucheff/George Hedley (UL) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,6)