Virginia, North Carolina and Wake Forest Advance to NCAA Men's Tennis Quarterfinals


VirginiaSports.com - No. 2 Virginia (31-1) continued its NCAA team title defense with a 4-0 victory over No. 15 Florida (19-10) in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on Thursday (May 18) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Virginia took a close doubles point and then held the momentum in singles to claim wins on the second, third and fifth courts to seal the victory.

Virginia will face 10-seed Texas (22-8) on Saturday, May 20 at 12 p.m. in the quarterfinals The winner will advance to the semifinals which will take place on Monday, May 22.

Virginia emerged with a tightly-contested doubles point, earning twin 6-4 results on the second and third courts courtesy of seniors Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) as well as junior Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) and senior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.).

The Cavaliers carried the momentum into singles play, with Kwiatkowski earning a quick 6-3, 6-2 win on the second court. Shortly after, freshman Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) pushed UVA to the brink of victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win on the third singles court. The match came to an end with a Virginia win on the fifth singles court, where 109th-ranked Aragone topped No. 123 Johannes Ingildsen, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the match. 
 
Texas upset 7-seed Baylor, 4-1, on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Cavaliers have won three of the last four NCAA Championships (2013, 15 and 16), have now advanced to the quarterfinals each of the last 13 years. Virginia has reached the semifinals in each of the last seven years and nine of the last 10 seasons.




North Carolina earned a spot in the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row Thursday, beating No. 8 California 4-1 at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Tar Heels will face top-seeded Wake Forest Saturday in the Elite 8. Match time in Athens is 4 p.m.
With the third-round win, UNC improved to 27-4 on the season, just a victory shy of last season's school-record wins total. 

On a warm evening on the University of Georgia's home courts, Carolina won the doubles point on a tiebreaker on Court 1 after the teams split the other two matches. UNC's 12th-ranked team of junior Robert Kelly and freshman William Blumberg beat California's fifth-ranked Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi, claiming the tiebreaker 7-2 to take the match 7-6.

After a hard fight for the doubles point, UNC ran out to a quick lead in singles, taking all six first sets. Senior Jack Murray was the first to close out his singles match, winning 6-4, 6-3 on Court 5. But the Golden Bears won second sets on the other five courts to send each to a third set.

Blumberg was the next to close out, giving the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead. Playing on Court 2, he took the first set 6-2, fell 3-6 in the second and then came back to take the third 6-2 to beat No. 61 Andre Goransson. The victory avenged one of just two singles losses for Blumberg this spring. The Tar Heel freshman's last loss was on Feb. 18, when the Tar Heels faced California in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and Goransson won 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.  Thursday the first and second sets played out similarly, but Blumberg flipped the third to take the win. The victory was his 17th in a row and made his record 23-2 this spring.

With UNC leading 3-0, the Golden Bears took their only point of the evening, on Court 6. Tar Heel sophomore Blaine Boyden won his first set 6-3 but fell in the other two, losing for just the fourth time this spring.

The three courts still active then had a race to the finish, with senior Ronnie Schneider on Court 1 and freshman Simon Soendergaard on Court 4 each a game from closing out, while Kelly on Court 3 was tied 5-5 in the third set. Ultimately, it was the Tar Heels' top player who did the honors, as 22nd-ranked Schneider won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over 12th-ranked Lakat to clinch the win.




WakeForestSports.com -- For the first time in program history, the top-seeded Wake Forest men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship following a 4-0 victory over No. 16 seed Stanford Thursday evening at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Making their fifth overall appearance in the Round of 16, and third consecutive appearance, the Demon Deacons (30-2) punched their ticket to the quarterfinals where they will face No. 9 seed North Carolina.

The Deacs' sweep over Stanford (18-9) started with a tightly contested doubles point. The Cardinal picked up a 6-4 win in the No. 2 slot after break the duo of Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev early in the set. Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky evened the doubles score at 1-all, using an early break of their own en route to a 6-3 decision.

Coming down to the top doubles spot, the fourth-ranked duo of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim found themselves in a battle with the No. 54 duo of Tom Fawcett and Yale Goldberg. Both sides would hold serve until the final game of the set. Up 6-5, Mansouri and Seraphim were up 40-0 in the game before clinching the doubles point when their opponent double faulted, giving the Deacs a 1-0 lead into singles.

From there, the Demon Deacons picked up three quick victories at the No. 1, 3 and 4 spots to complete the sweep over the Cardinal. 

After Wake Forest took five of the first six sets played across all courts, Chrysochos put the Deacs up 2-0, as the fifth-ranked player in the country topped Fawcett, the 11th-ranked player nationally, 6-2, 6-0. Seraphim then put the Demon Deacons a point from victory, as the 84th-ranked player in the country cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 slot.

For the third consecutive match in the postseason, Mansouri would be the one to clinch the victory for the Deacs. Ranked 13th in the country, Mansouri battled to a 6-4 victory in the opening set before closing out the match with a 6-2 decision in the second set.

Wake Forest will now face No. 9 seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals, and will be seeing the Tar Heels for the second time this season. Back on March 10, the Demon Deacons picked up a 4-3 victory over the Tar Heels in their ACC opener.