CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 8 Virginia men’s tennis team (17-4, 8-0 ACC) closed out a three-match week with a 5-2 victory at No. 13 Harvard (12-4, 0-0 Ivy) on Sunday (March 26) at the Beren Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass.
Virginia trailed the Crimson 2-0 before winning five straight singles matches. Iñaki Montes won the clincher for the Cavaliers as UVA extended its winning streak to nine matches.
Harvard won the doubles point with victories on the top two courts. The Crimson took a 2-0 lead with a straight-set victory on court six. Jeffrey von der Schulenburg picked up UVA’s first point with a 6-4, 7-5 win on court three. Chris Rodesch followed by downing von der Schulenburg’s brother, Henry, 6-2, 7-6 (5), to tie the match at two. Ryan Goetz followed with a 6-4, 7-5 win on court four followed moments later by Montes closing out his victory on the adjacent court. Måns Dahlberg rebounded from a 6-1 loss in his first set against Steven Sun to win the second 7-5. Dahlberg won a super-tiebreaker 10-3 to decide the third set and close out the Cavaliers’ 5-2 victory.
Virginia has a bye next week before returning to ACC action on Friday, April 7 at No. 14 Wake Forest.
FROM HEAD COACH ANDRES PEDROSO
“Good win for our team in some tough conditions outside in the cold and wind. The tougher the conditions, the better this team seems to compete. Harvard came out ready for us in the doubles and they had a great crowd that provided them with some good momentum going into the singles. To tell you the truth, I’m proud of our team because we had a few guys that weren’t feeling their best physically, but when doubles was over, I couldn’t tell. All of them wanted to keep battling with no hesitation because they take pride in wearing the Orange and Blue. Very complete match mentally by our Wahoos today and congrats to Harvard’s #6. He really impressed me today and played at a high level against an always tough competitor in Alex Kiefer.”
“It’s always so great to see [UVA alum] Sanam Singh, Harvard’s Associate Head Coach. Being around him brought back so many memories of hard he battled and how much pride he took in playing for our program. Sanam encapsulates everything that we talk about on a daily basis to our team about character, toughness and just being a good person. I know Harvard Tennis understands just how lucky they are to have Sanam in their corner.”
#8 Virginia 5, #13 Harvard 2
- #18 Chris Rodesch (VA) def. #20 Henry vd Schulenburg (HARVARD) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
- #39 Inaki Montes (VA) def. #30 Harris Walker (HARVARD) 6-4, 6-4
- #35 J vd Schulenburg (VA) def. Daniel Milavsky (HARVARD) 6-4, 7-5
- #101 Ryan Goetz (VA) def. #112 Ronan Jachuck (HARVARD) 6-4, 7-5
- Mans Dahlberg (VA) def. Steven Sun (HARVARD) 1-6, 7-5, 10-3
- Alan Yim (HARVARD) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 6-2, 6-4
- Harris Walker/Daniel Milavsky (HARVARD) def. #53 Inaki Montes/Ryan Goetz (VA) 6-4
- Ronan Jachuck/Steven Sun (HARVARD) def. Chris Rodesch/William Woodall (VA) 6-4
- Henry vd Schulenburg/Alan Yim (HARVARD) vs. Alexander Kiefer/J vd Schulenburg (VA) 4-5, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,3,1,4,2,5)