NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 5 Virginia men’s tennis team (17-2, 11-0 ACC) logged a 4-2 victory at Notre Dame (12-9, 5-5 ACC) on Friday (April 16) in the penultimate match of the regular season.
Virginia won the doubles point in a tiebreaker ahead of tight singles matches in which four of the six went to a third set. Junior William Woodall (Washington, D.C.) clinched the victory for the Cavaliers.
In doubles, Notre Dame held the early advantage after winning 6-2 on court three. The freshmen tandem of Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) evened things up with a 6-4 win on court two. Woodall and freshman Chris Rodesch (Angelsberg, Luxembourg), playing together for the first time this season, clinched the point by winning a tiebreaker to decide their match on the top court.
Senior Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) gave UVA a 2-0 lead with a straight-set win on singles court four. Notre Dame got on the board with a straight-set win on court one, making it 2-1.
The other four courts all split sets. Montes, playing on court two, had won his first set 6-2, but dropped his second 6-3. He picked up a late break to win the decider 7-5 and put the Cavaliers ahead 3-1. Notre Dame won on court six to make it 3-2. Woodall rebounded from a 7-5 setback in his second set to down Connor Fu 6-2 in the third set to seal the victory for the Cavaliers.
- Notre Dame is ranked No. 35 in this week’s ITA computerized team rankings
- Virginia is alone in first place in the ACC at 11-0 and secured the top seed in the ACC Championship with today’s victory
- Virginia has won 11-straight matches
- Iñaki Montes has the team’s longest active singles win streak at eight matches. He is a perfect 8-0 in ACC play
- Montes and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg are 9-0 in doubles in the ACC and have won their last 11 completed matches
FROM HEAD COACH ANDRES PEDROSO
“Credit to the Fighting Irish, once again. They always compete until the very end. As for the Wahoos, our guys are as tough as they come. The conditions were really rough in the cold and the wind, but nothing fazes this team. They battle and for that, they are a joy to go to war with. Gutsy win by the Wahoos today.”
ON THE HORIZON
- The Cavaliers close out the regular season at Louisville (9-10, 3-7 ACC) on Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m., before heading to Rome, Ga., for the ACC Championships (April 21-25)
Virginia 4, Notre Dame Men’s Tennis 2
- #35 Axel Nefve (NDMTEN) def. #24 J vd Schulenburg (VA) 6-3, 7-6
- #49 Inaki Montes (VA) def. Richard Ciamarra (NDMTEN) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
- Tristan McCormick (NDMTEN) vs. Ryan Goetz (VA) 2-6, 7-6, 3-2, unfinished
- Gianni Ross (VA) def. Matthew Che (NDMTEN) 6-2, 6-2
- William Woodall (VA) def. Connor Fu (NDMTEN) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
- William Howells (NDMTEN) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
- William Woodall/Chris Rodesch (VA) def. Axel Nefve/Tristan McCormick (NDMTEN) 7-6
- J vd Schulenburg/Inaki Montes (VA) def. William Howells/Brandon Ancona (NDMTEN) 6-4
- Matthew Che/Richard Ciamarra (NDMTEN) def. Ryan Goetz/Matthew Lord (VA) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,2,6,5)