Virginia, North Carolina Men's Tennis Headed to Oklahoma for NCAA Tournament

No. 1 Virginia Advances to NCAA Round of 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 1 Virginia men's tennis team (26-4) advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2016 NCAA Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 37 Penn State (22-9) on Sunday (May 15) at the Snyder Tennis Center.

Virginia clinched the doubles point and picked up quick victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles by junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) to take a 3-0 lead over Penn State. The singles matches on courts one, two, five and six were all tied 6-6 in the second set with all four courts heading into tiebreaker at the same time. Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky won his tiebreaker over senior Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) on court one to close out a 7-5, 7-6 victory and give the Nittany Lions a point. On court five, junior J.C. Aragone (Alexandria, Va.) won his tiebreaker 8-6 to down Aws Laaribi 6-4, 7-6 and clinch the match for the Cavaliers.

The victory earns defending-national champion Virginia a trip to Tulsa, Okla., where the final 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 20-24 at the Case Tennis Center. This is the 13th-consecutive season the Cavaliers have advanced to the round of 16.


Tar Heels Punch Ticket To Tulsa

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For the third year in a row, the UNC men’s tennis team is headed to the NCAA Round of 16. The Tar Heels, ranked third nationally and seeded second in the tournament field, beat No. 31 Tulane 4-0 Sunday afternoon in a NCAA Championship second-round match at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, earning a trip to Tulsa, Okla., as one of 16 teams still competing for a national title.

“Tulane’s got a heck of a team,” UNC coach Sam Paul said. “This round is always tough – across the country this is a tough match to play. Congratulations to my team. We don’t take this for granted.”

UNC improved to 27-4 overall, tying the program record for wins in a season. Tulane fell to 16-9.


No. 5 Ohio State outlasts No. 33 Tech at NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 33rd-ranked Virginia Tech gave fifth-ranked Ohio State all it could handle, but the Buckeyes held on to win it 4-2 in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

After giving up the doubles point and the first singles match, the Hokies (18-9) responded to tie it up at 2-2. Tech’s 77th-ranked Edoardo Tessaro got Tech on the board with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Raif Steinbach on court five.

The Hokies’ 72nd-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus tallied the match tying point on court two, knocking off 88th-ranked Chris Diaz, 6-2, 7-5.

Ohio State took a 3-2 advantage with Martin Joyce defeating Tech’s Jai Corbett at the six, 6-4, 7-6(2). The Buckeyes clinched the win on court three where Tech’s No. 107 Amerigo Contini took 45th-ranked Hugo Di Feo to three sets. Contini won the opening set 7-5, but Di Feo rallied to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-2.

The match between the Hokies’ 14th-ranked Joao Monteiro and top-ranked Mikael Torpegaard went unfinished, but was a battle between two top-15 opponents. Torpegaard held on to win the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6(7), but Monteiro responded to win the second 6-4. The third set had not begun before the team decision was reached.