CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.. – The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team (11-2, 5-0 ACC) picked up a 4-0 victory against Florida State (6-5, 0-3 ACC) on Monday afternoon (March 8) at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers won a tight doubles point and then picked up straight-set wins on courts one, three and five to win the match.
In doubles, freshmen Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) won their match on court three by a 6-1 score, but Florida State countered with a 6-2 win on court two. Grad student Carl Söderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior William Woodall (Washington, D.C.) edged Alex Knaff and Sebastian Arcila 7-5 on the top court to secure the point.
In singles, Söderlund and Knaff squared off again, with the former winning 6-3, 6-0 to give UVA the 2-0 lead. Junior Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) topped Marcus Walters 6-3, 6-3 to make it 3-0. Freshman Chris Rodesch (Angelsberg, Luxembourg) sealed the victory with another 6-3, 6-3 victory, his coming against Arcila on court three.
The three abandoned courts were in tight matches. Montes had won his first set 6-1, but was 4-3 in his second. Von der Schulenburg, playing on court two today, had won his first set in a tiebreaker, 7-5, and was knotted in his second. Woodall had dropped his first set in a tiebreaker and had just started the second set.
- Florida State received votes in last week’s ITA team rankings
- Chris Rodesch picked up his 10th singles win of the season, improving to 10-3
- Carl Söderlund is 7-1 on the top court this season
- Iñaki Montes and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg have won their last six decisions in doubles; Söderlund and William Woodall have won their last five
FROM ANDRES PEDROSO
“Today, it was a tight doubles point. I thought the guys stayed in it mentally. At times I felt we had opportunities that we would typically close out, but that’s just the way it is in tennis. We stayed the course and the guys did a good job and finished. The ACC is just such a tough conference. You have to be ready for war every single day. And FSU is a tough team. They’re dangerous on every spot. I thought we did pretty well opening weekend here at the new facility.
“This place is just a beautiful place to play tennis. The scenery is unbelievable. The colors… the courts are beautiful. The people who designed it did a great job. It’s a really special place to play tennis. Little by little you know we’re getting used to the conditions.”
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia has two home matches next weekend at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort, hosting Georgia Tech on Friday (March 12) at 2:30 p.m. and Clemson on Sunday (March 14) at noon
#4 Virginia 4, Florida State University 0
- #29 Carl Soderlund (VA) def. #77 Alex Knaff (FS) 6-3, 6-0
- #106 J vd Schulenburg (VA) vs. Loris Pourroy (FS) 7-6 (5), 1-1, unfinished
- Chris Rodesch (VA) def. Sebastian Arcila (FS) 6-3, 6-3
- Inaki Montes (VA) vs. Richard Thongoana (FS) 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
- Ryan Goetz (VA) def. Marcus Walters (FS) 6-3, 6-3
- William Woodall (VA) vs. Andreja Petrovic (FS) 6-7 (5), 0-1, unfinished
- Carl Soderlund/William Woodall (VA) def. Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (FS) 7-5
- Loris Pourroy/Marcus Walters (FS) def. Chris Rodesch/Ryan Goetz (VA) 6-2
- J vd Schulenburg/Inaki Montes (VA) def. Richard Thongoana/Andreja Petrovic (FS) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,3)