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TULSA, Okla. - The No. 1 Virginia men's tennis team (28-4) advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Championship with a 4-0 victory over No. 9 Florida (21-7) on Sunday (May 22) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia clinched the doubles point and tallied singles wins by sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.), junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) to advance to the semifinals for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
"Congratulations to Florida on having a great season, winning the SEC Championship and coming in here and doing as well as they did," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "They made it tough on us, but I thought we played really well today. We came out incredibly strong in doubles, executing well and moving well. We had an enormous amount of energy. I'm really pleased with how we started. We got off to an excellent start in singles as well. We used the momentum and it carried over. The guys are locked in and seem to be playing really well."
Virginia, the defending national champions, will face No. 13 California (21-6) on Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m. E.T. with a trip to the finals on the line. Live scoring and video streaming will be available for the match through links posted on VirginiaSports.com.
The North Carolina men’s tennis team saw its season end Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., with a 4-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in the NCAA quarterfinals. It marked the third year in a row that UNC has reached that point but fallen one step short of the final four.
The Tar Heels finish 28-5, while Georgia advances on to face either Oklahoma or UCLA in the NCAA semifinals on Monday. The defeat was UNC’s only shutout loss of the year.
Playing at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, UNC dropped the doubles point to open. Georgia’s 11th-ranked duo of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland beat Tar Heel juniors Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur at No. 1, 7-5, in the deciding match after Georgia won at No. 2 and UNC at No. 3.
In singles, Carolina won first sets at No. 1 (Schnur) and No. 3 (Brett Clark), but the Bulldogs claimed the other four. Georgia rolled on to straight-sets wins at the four, five and six positions to clinch the win and a spot in the final four.
The loss brings an end to a record-breaking campaign for UNC. During the course of the season, the Tar Heels achieved the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking and set a program record for wins with 28. They won the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in February for the first national title in program history.