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WACO, Texas - The third-ranked Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the sixth consecutive year with a 4-0 victory over No. 6 Texas A&M in a quarterfinal match Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University. The Cavaliers (27-3) needed under two and a half hours to dispatch of the Aggies (24-5) and set up a semifinal showdown with second-seeded and tournament host Baylor.
The Virginia-Baylor semifinal is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at the Hurd Tennis Center. It will be the third meeting of the season between the Cavaliers and Bears. Baylor defeated Virginia 4-3 in February in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago. In March, the Bears won a 5-2 match over the Cavaliers, played indoors in Waco.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Baylor in the semifinals," said head coach Brian Boland. "They are a great team, which we saw in the two matches earlier this season when they beat us. They are the No. 2 team in the nation, playing on their home courts in front of their fans, and should be the favorites. We embrace the underdog role and are excited for the opportunity to play this match on Monday."
The Cavaliers opened the quarterfinal match with the Aggies by taking the doubles point for the 20th time in the past 21 matches. Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) teamed with J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) to post an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Arthur Rinderknech and AJ Catanzariti. Virginia clinched the opening point with a win at No. 2 where Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) defeated Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo 8-4.
WACO, Texas – The No. 13 North Carolina men’s tennis team saw its run in the NCAA Tournament end on Saturday, falling 4-1 to No. 5 TCU in the quarterfinals at Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University. With the loss, the Tar Heels finish the season 24-11, while TCU moves on to the Final Four with a mark of 25-7.
UNC narrowly surrendered the doubles point after matches on courts two and three went to tiebreakers. The Horned Frogs got on the board first on court one, though, where their 30th-ranked pair of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson defeated Esben Hess-Olesen and Brayden Schnur 8-6.
Needing to win tiebreakers on the remaining two courts, the Tar Heels did manage to take the match on court three thanks to a gritty effort from sophomores Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider. The duo ousted Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake 8-7(5). On court two, Carolina’s 45th-ranked pair of junior Brett Clark and freshman Robert Kelly rallied in the tiebreaker to take a 6-5 lead on the strength of Kelly’s serve, but Nick Chappell and Facundo Lugones earned the final three points to claim the doubles point for TCU.
In singles both teams took three first sets, but the Horned Frogs went on to claim three straight-set singles wins to secure a spot in the Final Four.