CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.. – The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team (12-2, 6-0 ACC) picked up a 5-2 victory against Georgia Tech (8-6, 2-4 ACC) on Friday (March 12) at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers won a tight doubles point and then won four singles courts to go ahead 5-0. Georgia Tech won a pair of tiebreakers on the final two courts to earn two points.
In doubles, the teams split 6-4 decisions on courts one and two. On court three, freshmen Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) picked up a late break to win 7-5 and clinch the point for the Cavaliers.
In singles, freshman Alexander Kiefer (The Woodlands, Texas) flew through a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Chen Dong on court six, finishing moments after the first set on court one had finished. Von der Schulenburg gave UVA a 2-0 lead when he finished a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Georgia Tech’s lone ranked player, No. 59 Andres Martin. Senior Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) clinched the victory with a 7-5, 6-2 victory on court five.
Montes had won his first set on court four, 6-3, but dropped the second by that same score. After Ross clinched the match, he played a super tiebreaker against Keshav Chopra to decide their match, which Montes won 10-8.
The other two remaining courts were extremely close battles. On the top court, grad student Carl Söderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) won his first set in a tiebreaker, but dropped his second, 6-4. Marcus McDaniel won the third-set super tiebreaker, 10-7, to take the match.
On court three, freshman Chris Rodesch (Angelsberg, Luxembourg) played tiebreakers to decide both his first and second sets against Pablo Schelcher. After losing the first-set tiebreaker, 7-3, he battled through extra points in the second set-tiebreaker, trying to force a third-set super tiebreaker, before ultimately succumbing 10-8.
- Georgia Tech is ranked No. 45 in this week’s ITA rankings
- Rodesch and junior Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) won their match on the No. 2 doubles court, 6-4, against Pablo Schelcher and Brandon Freestone
- Iñaki Montes and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg have won their last seven decisions in doubles
- Von der Schulenburg improved to 12-1 in singles and 4-0 at the No. 2 court
- Montes improved to 9-3
FROM ANDRES PEDROSO
“It was a hard-fought battle against the Yellow Jackets. They pushed us in doubles, pushed us in singles and competed really well. Credit to them. It was a really good battle but our guys found a way. It was a really close match.
“Alex Kieffer and Gianni Ross down at five and six came out and proved to be dominant down there, so I was really proud of them. In doubles, Chris and Ryan have a little bit of a tough run recently and they came up with a W. They played their best doubles in a couple of weeks so I was proud of that.”
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia hosts Clemson on Sunday (March 14) at noon at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort
#3 Virginia 5, #45 Georgia Tech 2
- Marcus McDaniel (GT) def. #29 Carl Soderlund (VA) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
- #106 J vd Schulenburg (VA) def. #59 Andres Martin (GT) 6-4, 6-2
- Pablo Schelcher (GT) def. Chris Rodesch (VA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8)
- Inaki Montes (VA) def. Keshav Chopra (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
- Gianni Ross (VA) def. Brandon McKinney (GT) 7-5, 6-2
- Alexander Kiefer (VA) def. Chen Dong (GT) 6-1, 6-2
- Marcus McDaniel/Andres Martin (GT) def. Carl Soderlund/William Woodall (VA) 6-4
- Ryan Goetz/Chris Rodesch (VA) def. Pablo Schelcher/Brandon Freestone (GT) 6-4
- J vd Schulenburg/Inaki Montes (VA) def. Brandon McKinney/Zummy Bauer (GT) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,2,5,4,3,1)