May 25, 2017
ATHENS, Ga. – Virginia men’s tennis senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2017 NCAA Singles Championship with a victory on Thursday (May 25) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Kwiatkowski cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Vanderbilt’s Daniel Valent in the second round, which also earned Kwiatkowski All-American status for the third-straight year. Kwiatkowski, who advanced to the semifinals in the tournament two years ago and the quarterfinals last season, will face top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State on Friday at 10 a.m.
Kwiatkowski began play with a first-round match on Wednesday against Julian Cash of Oklahoma State, advancing with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Kwiatkowski is the sixth player in program history to be a three-time All-American in singles, joining Brian Vahaly (1999-01), Somdev Devvarman (2006-08), Drew Courtney (2010-12) and Mitchell Frank (2012-15) as well as Alex Domijan who is UVA’s only four-time singles All-American (2011-14).
Kwiatkowski and junior Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) were at-large selections selected to the 64-player singles field. Altamirano fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to David Biosca of East Tennessee State on Wednesday in the first round of the single-elimination tournament.