RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (8-2, 2-0 ACC) defeated No. 16 NC State (4-4, 2-1 ACC) by a 5-2 score on Friday (Feb. 26) on the indoor courts at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Virginia won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead into singles. After the Wolfpack tied the match with a win on the top court, the UVA freshmen came up strong. Chris Rodesch (Angelserg, Luxembourg) defeated Robin Catry 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on court four to put UVA back in the lead. Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) dominated his first set 6-1, but was edged 7-5 in the second set. His opponent retired trailing 2-1 in the third, giving UVA its third point. Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) had the battle of the day. Playing on court three, he was edged 7-4 in a tiebreaker to decide his first set, but rallied to win his second 6-0 against Tada Babelis. The third set was also decided by a tiebreaker, this time with Montes coming out with the 7-3 victory to clinch the match for the Cavaliers.
NC State’s indoor facility only has four courts, causing five and six singles to have delayed starts. Junior Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) picked up a 7-5, 6-4 win over Martins Rocens in the second wave of matches to make it 5-1. On the final court, freshman Alexander Kiefer (The Woodlands, Texas) dropped his first set but won his second 7-5 to force a third-set super tiebreaker, but fell 10-6 to Robert Turzak.
- Jeffrey von der Schulenburg improves to 9-1 in singles. Chris Rodesch is now 8-2
- Montes and von der Schulenburg have won their last four doubles matches, improving to 7-2 this season
- Grad student Carl Söderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior William Woodall (Washington, D.C.) clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 victory on court one
- Söderlund’s singles opponent, Alexis Galarneau is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after topping No. 6 Richard Ciamarra 6-0, 6-1 of Notre Dame last week. Galarneau is ranked No. 7 in singles
FROM ANDRES PEDROSO
“The Wolfpack are always tough on their courts. The goal was to play a complete match today on every court and that’s what our guys accomplished. We are a tough out when we do that across the board from start to finish.”
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia concludes its road trip on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 13 Wake Forest (11-2, 3-0 ACC). The match begins at 1 p.m.
- UVA’s next home match is scheduled for Friday, March 5 when it hosts Miami. This match was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, March 9 but has been moved to Friday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
- The Miami match is the start of an eight-game homestand spanning the entire month of March
#4 Virginia 5, #16 NC State 2
1. #7 Alexis Galarneau (ST) def. #29 Carl Soderlund (VA) 6-2, 7-5
2. #105 J vd Schulenburg (VA) def. Rafa Izquierdo Luque (ST) 6-1, 5-7, 2-1, retired
3. Inaki Montes (VA) def. #95 Tadas Babelis (ST) 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Chris Rodesch (VA) def. Robin Catry (ST) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5. Ryan Goetz (VA) def. Martins Rocens (ST) 7-5, 6-4
6. Robert Turzak (ST) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
1. Carl Soderlund/William Woodall (VA) def. Tadas Babelis/Robin Catry (ST) 6-4
2. #23 Alexis Galarneau/Robert Turzak (ST) vs. Ryan Goetz/Chris Rodesch (VA) 5-4, unfinished
3. J vd Schulenburg/Inaki Montes (VA) def. Yannai Barkai/Collin Shick (ST) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)