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WACO, Texas - For the first time in school history, the Virginia men's tennis team has a pair of semifinalists at the NCAA Singles Championship. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) both won three-set quarterfinal matches Saturday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.
Virginia is just the second school in the past 13 years to have a pair of semifinalists in the men's singles tournament. Tennessee accomplished the feat in 2011 with Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren. The Cavaliers are the first NCAA Champion to have two semifinalists since Stanford in 2000.
All four of the semifinalists are American and play at ACC schools. The ACC is the first conference since the Pac-10 in 1995 to have all four men's semifinalists.
WACO, Texas - Wake Forest's Noah Rubin continued his historic run in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship on Saturday with a 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 23 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois.
The victory pushes Rubin into the Final Four, which will be played on Sunday. The sixth-ranked player in the ITA singles poll and No. 7-seed in the tournament will take on No. 19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia, who topped No. 17 Winston Lin of Columbia in three sets in the Elite Eight.
Against Hiltzik, the pair battled back and forth in the first set before Hiltzik ultimately won the tiebreaker, but Rubin jumped out of the gate in the second set and never let off the gas pedal on the way to finishing the match winning 12 games to Hiltzik's four in the final two sets.
WACO, Texas - It started with a scare.
University of Notre Dame men's tennis junior Quentin Monaghan had won the first set in each of his first three matches at the NCAA Singles Championship leading into Saturday's national quarterfinal matchup with No. 39 Cameron Norrie of TCU. So when Norrie took a first-set lead, Monaghan found himself in uncharted territory.
It was a good thing, then, that Monaghan doesn't rattle easily.
The ninth-ranked Irish captain quickly put that first-set setback behind him, putting together a dominating final two sets at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center at Baylor University to continue his run through the tournament, defeating Norrie 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the first national singles semifinal since the singles and doubles championships separated from the team competition in 1977.