May 26, 2017
ATHENS, Ga. – Virginia men’s tennis senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Singles Championship with a straight-set victory on Friday (May 26) over Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Kwiatkowski defeated top-seeded Torpegaard 6-1, 7-6(3) to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal where he will facefifth-seeded Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech at 1:30 p.m. Torpegaard, the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship runner-up, has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in singles all season long and had a 38-4 record coming into the match including a 29-2 mark at No. 1 singles for the Buckeyes.
“A lot of pressure is off now,” Kwiatkowski said. “I’m just going out and trying to play as well as I can, and try to enjoy every moment I have in the uniform because I’m a senior and every day could be my last in the uniform. I’m trying to play my best because it’s coming to an end here.”
Kwiatkowski advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship for the third time in his career. His best-ever finish was in 2015 when he advanced to the semifinals. Kwiatkowski is 30-7 in singles this season.
Kwiatkowski and Eubanks faced one another during the ACC season with Kwiatkowski winning 7-6(6), 7-6 (6), handing Eubanks, the two-time ACC Player of the Year, his only loss in conference play this season.