CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  – The No. 8 Virginia men’s tennis team (9-4, 1-0 ACC) opened ACC play with a 4-3 win against No. 3 Wake Forest (10-4, 0-1 ACC) on Friday (March 1) at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

Wake Forest took the doubles point and held a 2-0 lead in the match, but the Cavaliers won three straight singles courts to take a 3-2 lead. The Demon Deacons tied it up 3-3 before freshman Dylan Dietrich clinched the victory for the Cavaliers.

The match started on the outdoor courts, but was moved indoors late in the first singles sets after a thirty minute rain delay.

Virginia opened doubles strong, with seniors Chris Rodesch and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg winning 6-1 on court two. The other two matches were tight. On court three, Wake Forest picked up a late break to win 7-5 and even the point. On court one, grad students James Hopper and Edoardo Graziani jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the No. 3 ranked team of DK Surech and Holden Koons stormed back and tied it up 4-4. The match remained knotted at 6-6, forcing a tiebreaker that the Demon Deacons 7-4 to take the point.

In singles, Luca Pow spotted Wake Forest to a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-3 win at five. Sophomore Måns Dahlberg began the comeback for the Cavaliers, winning 6-4, 6-4 on six to make it 2-1.

Three of the other four remaining singles courts went to three sets, and all four courts had at least one set decided by a tiebreaker.

Rodesch had the biggest turnaround. He dropped his first set 6-1 against Suresh on the outdoor courts, but indoors, he took his second set to a tiebreaker, winning it 8-6 to force a third set. He won the decider 6-4 to tie the match 2-2.

Senior Iñaki Montes, playing at No. 2, won a tiebreaker 7-4 to win his first set and then took his second 6-4 against No. 25 Filippo Moroni to give UVA a 3-2 lead.

Wake Forest took a tight match on court four 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 to make it 3-3.

Dietrich and Matthew Thomson were tied 4-4 when court four finished. The two players had traded breaks throughout their final set and did so again, with Dietrich going down a break and then breaking back to make it 5-5. Dietrich held serve and then broke Thomson to secure the victory for the Cavaliers.


“Just a great college tennis match. Both teams fought to the end. Incredible effort by Wake. I have so much respect for that program. They’re one of the best teams in the country. They fought us to the end. I’m just really proud of our guys.”


  • This was the sixth match for UVA this season against a team ranked in the top five of the ITA rankings
  • Virginia has won 51 straight matches against ACC opponents (including conference matches, out-of-conference dual matches and tournament play). UVA’s last loss against an ACC foe was a 4-2 loss to UNC at ITA Indoors on Feb. 13, 2021
  • Virginia’s last ACC loss was on March 17, 2019, against Wake Forest


  • The Cavaliers close out the weekend by hosting No. 17 NC State on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m.

#8 Virginia 4, #3 Wake Forest 3
Singles competition

  1. #10 Chris Rodesch (VA) def. #53 DK Suresh Ekambaram (WFU) 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4
  2. #55 Inaki Montes (VA) def. #25 Filippo Moroni (WFU) 7-6 (4), 6-4
  3. #50 Dylan Dietrich (VA) def. Matthew Thomson (WFU) 7-6 (1), 2-6, 7-5
  4. #117 Luciano Tacchi (WFU) def. #45 J vd Schulenburg (VA) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5
  5. Luca Pow (WFU) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 6-0, 6-3
  6. Mans Dahlberg (VA) def. Holden Koons (WFU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition

  1. #3 DK Suresh Ekambaram/Holden Koons (WFU) def. Edoardo Graziani/James Hopper (VA) 7-6 (7-4)
  2. #48 J vd Schulenburg/Chris Rodesch (VA) def. Matthew Thomson/Filippo Moroni (WFU) 6-1
  3. Luciano Tacchi/Luca Pow (WFU) def. Inaki Montes/Dylan Dietrich (VA) 7-5

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,1,2,4,3)
A-180 T-4:11