Men’s tennis: #1 UVA downs Miami in regular-season finale
After splitting doubles on court one and two, senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Luca Corntelli (Alexandria, Va.) closed out a 6-4 win on court one to give the Cavaliers the doubles point. The Cavaliers won singles 1-5 in straight sets. On court six, senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) dropped his first set 6-3 to Niclas Genovese, but battled back to win his second set 6-3. With the match score at 6-0, Styslinger and Genovese played a tiebreaker instead of a full third set with the Cavalier fourth-year winning 10-4 to give UVA a 7-0 victory on Senior Day.
The victory also gave the Cavaliers sole possession of first place and their 13th-consecutive ACC regular-season championship.
“The 13-consecutive ACC regular-season titles is an overwhelming statistic considering the strength of this league,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “I am thrilled for our players, particularly our seniors. Mac Styslinger, Jonathan Cornish and Ryan Shane have meant so much to our program. This was a great way to finish our season. I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy, and it lasted throughout the match. I feel like we are really strong right now and really playing well. This is exactly where we want to be heading into the postseason.”
In doubles, senior Jonathan Cornish (London, England) and redshirt junior Harrison Richmond (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) cruised to a 6-1 victory over Jesse Flores and Kevin Bondar to improve to 6-0 in dual matches this season.
In singles, junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) started things off with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Bernard Tefel at No. 4, followed in rapid-succession by sophomore Collin Altamirano winning 6-4, 6-2 over Flores at No. 3 and junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) winning 6-2, 6-1 over Max Andrews at No. 2 to clinch the victory. Shane defeated No. 37 Piotr Lomacki 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1. Sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) finished with an 11-0 record in singles in conference matches this season after winning 6-3, 6-2 over Fermin Calvo at No. 4.
The postseason begins next week for the Cavaliers as they head to Cary, N.C. for the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship. As the top seed, Virginia will begin play on Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m., in the quarterfinals, facing the winner of Thursday’s 8 vs. 9 match between NC State and Clemson. Saturday’s semifinal match andSunday’s championship match will stream online on ESPN3. Live scoring for all matches will be available attheacc.com.
#1 UVA 7, Miami 0
- #9 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #37 Piotr Lomacki (UM) 6-3, 6-2
- #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Max Andrews (UM) 6-2, 6-1
- #39 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Jesse Flores (UM) 6-4, 6-2
- Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Fermin Calvo (UM) 6-3, 6-2
- #118 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-4, 6-0
- Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Niclas Genovese (UM) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
- #3 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #72 Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-4
- Piotr Lomacki/Nile Clark (UM) def. #10 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) 7-5
- Harrison Richmond/Jonathan Cornish (VA) def. Jesse Flores/Kevin Bondar (UM) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,2,1,4,6)