Men’s Tennis: No. 12 UVA falls 4-3 at No. 13 Notre Dame

UVA men’s tennisThe No. 12 UVA men’s tennis team (4-1, 1-1 ACC) suffered its first loss of the season, falling 4-3 at No. 13 Notre Dame (4-0, 1-0 ACC) on Friday (Feb. 1).

The Cavaliers dropped the doubles point but went up 3-1 after three straight-set victories at singles 2-4. The Irish closed out the match by winning on the final three singles courts to pick up the 4-3 victory.

Notre Dame started the match with a 6-0 victory on No. 2 doubles followed by a 6-2 win on the top court to take a 1-0 lead into singles.

Junior Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) jumped out to a 6-1 victory in his first set against Richard Ciamarra. Söderlund took an early 3-0 lead in the second set, but Ciamarra came charging back to tie things up. Söderlund closed out a 7-5 victory to tie the match at one.

Senior Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) also picked up a quick victory in his first set, downing Axel Nefve on court three, 6-1. In the second set, Wiersholm hit an ace to cap a 6-4 victory, giving UVA a 2-1 advantage.

On court four, sophomore Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) picked up a 6-3 victory over Tristan McCormick in the first set. The two played a tight second set which was knotted a 5-5. Ross held serve to go up 6-5 and then broke McCormick to win 7-5 and put the Cavaliers up 3-1.

Notre Dame’s comeback began with a straight-set victory on court six that made it 3-2. Freshman Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.), who had fallen 6-4 in his first set on court one, stormed back in the second set, winning 6-1, to force a third set against Alex Lebedev. The match seemed destined to go to a tiebreaker when Lebedev picked up a break to win the set 7-5 and tie the match at three.

On court five, William Howells was serving, up 5-4, when on the first point of that game freshman Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) called a serve out, which was overruled by the official. It was the fourth overrule, which resulted in a game penalty and gave the victory to Howells, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and secured the match for the Irish.

The Cavaliers close out the weekend by playing at Kentucky (4-2, 0-0 SEC) on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Virginia’s next home match is a showdown on Friday, Feb. 8 against No. 1 Wake Forest at 6 p.m. at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

#13 Notre Dame 4, #12 Virginia 3

Singles competition

  1. Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Brandon Nakashima (VA) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

  2. Carl Soderlund (VA) def. Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-1, 7-5

  3. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Axel Nefve (ND) 6-1, 6-4

  4. Gianni Ross (VA) def. Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-3, 7-5

  5. William Howells (ND) def. Ryan Goetz (VA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

  6. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Aswin Lizen (VA) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Richard Ciamarra/Tristan McCormick (ND) def. Carl Soderlund/Matthew Lord (VA) 6-2

  2. Alex Lebedev/Axel Nefve (ND) def. Ryan Goetz/William Woodall (VA) 6-0

  3. Henrik Wiersholm/Brandon Nakashima (VA) def. Grayson Broadus/Matt Gamble (ND) 5-1

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