WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (9-2, 3-0 ACC) picked up its second win over a ranked opponent this weekend when it defeated No. 13 Wake Forest (11-3, 3-1 ACC) by a 5-2 score on Sunday (Feb. 28) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Virginia won the doubles point and built up a 5-0 lead before Wake recorded its first point.
Grad student Carl Söderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior William Woodall (Washington, D.C.) cruised to a 6-1 win on the top doubles court to begin the match. Freshmen Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) and Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) clinched the point with a 6-3 win on court three.
In singles, Söderlund, Montes and von der Schulenburg won in straight sets on the top three courts to clinch the victory for the Cavaliers. Junior Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) added a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory over Filippo Moroni on court five to push the Cavaliers out to a 5-0 lead. The Deacons won third-set super tiebreakers on courts four and six to earn their two points.
FROM ANDRES PEDROSO
“Today was a solid win for this team in our first outdoor match. The Deacs are very tough anywhere you play them and our guys knew that and came ready to battle with a lot of maturity. When our team stays the course, through all the typical ebbs and flows of matches, we continue to be a tough out. However, it’s only February 28th and we recognize we have a lot of work to do.”
- This is just the second home loss for Wake Forest since the start of the 2016-17 season. They are now 70-2 in that span
- This is Virginia’s second 5-2 victory over Wake Forest this season, having won the non-conference meeting between the two teams by that score in Charlottesville on Feb. 6. In the first meeting, Wake won the doubles point and Virginia took five of the six singles matches
- Jeffrey von der Schulenburg improves to 10-1 in singles to start his collegiate career
- Montes and von der Schulenburg have won their last five doubles matches, improving to 8-2 this season
ON THE HORIZON
- 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 contest is the start of an eight-match homestand that runs through April 1
#4 Virginia 5, #13 Wake Forest 2
- #29 Carl Soderlund (VA) def. Henri Squire (WF) 6-3, 6-4
- Inaki Montes (VA) def. Eduardo Nava (WF) 6-3, 6-3
- #105 J vd Schulenburg (VA) def. #107 Taha Baadi (WF) 6-3, 6-2
- Melios Efstathiou (WF) def. Chris Rodesch (VA) 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 1-0 (10-4)
- Ryan Goetz (VA) def. Filippo Moroni (WF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
- #92 Rrezart Cungu (WF) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
- Carl Soderlund/William Woodall (VA) def. #18 Henri Squire/Eduardo Nava (WF) 6-1
- Siddhant Banthia/Matthew Thomson (WF) vs. Chris Rodesch/Ryan Goetz (VA) 6-5, unfinished
- J vd Schulenburg/Inaki Montes (VA) def. Taha Baadi/Melios Efstathiou (WF) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,1,5,6,4)