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No. 2 Virginia Looks to Defend Title in Athens

Virginia takes on Florida at 9 a.m. on Thursday in Athens, Ga.

 No. 2 Virginia at 2017 NCAA Tennis Championship
 Date & Time  May 18-23, 2016
 Location  Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
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May 17, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men’s tennis team continues its NCAA team title defense at the NCAA Championships, being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., where the final 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 18-23.

No. 2 seed Virginia (30-1) will face No. 15 Florida (19-9) on Thursday, May 18 at 9 a.m. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals to face the winner of No. 7 Baylor (23-7) and No. 10 Texas (21-8) on Saturday, May 20 at 12 p.m. The men’s semifinals will take place on Monday, May 22 at 12 p.m. with the championship match scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m.

Live scoring and video for the matches will be available with the links posted on VirginiaSports.com.

The Cavaliers have won three of the last four NCAA Championships (2013, 15 and 16), have advanced to the Round of 16 each of the last 14 years and are looking for their 13th-straight trip to the quarterfinals. Virginia has reached the semifinals in each of the last seven years and nine of the last 10 seasons.

Virginia had a conference-best five players earn All-ACC honors this year and has two players slated to play in the NCAA Singles Championship.

Senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) has a 12-1 record in singles in the NCAA Championships. Kwiatkowski, who will be competing in his third NCAA Singles Championship next week, was voted to the All-ACC First Team this year and was also named the 2017 ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year. Kwiatkowski is 10-3 this season against nationally-ranked opponents and 25-6 overall.

Junior Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) comes into the Round of 16 on a 10-match winning streak in singles. Altamirano, a second team All-ACC honoree, will be playing in his second NCAA Singles Championship next week and has a 17-5 record in singles and a 21-4 mark in doubles. Altamirano won the matches that clinched both the Cavaliers’ first and second round wins in last weekend’s NCAA tournament regional in Charlottesville.

Senior Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) earned a pair of ITA regional accolades this week as well as being selected to the All-ACC Second Team last week. Ritschard was named the Atlantic Regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award winner as well as the Most Improved Senior. Ritschard and Kwiatkowski are 21-1 in doubles this season and come into the Round of 16 on an eight-match win streak.

Freshman Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden), an All-ACC Second Team honoree, was named the ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year. Soderlund began his career with a 13-0 mark in singles and is currently 7-2 at No. 3 singles.

Senior J.C. Aragone, the MVP of the ACC Tournament, leads the Cavaliers in singles victories this season with a 33-8 mark, including going 23-4 in dual matches. Aragone is a perfect 9-0 at No. 5 singles this season.

This will be the second meeting this season between the Cavaliers and the Gators. Virginia downed Florida, 5-2, back in February. Last season, UVA and Florida met in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship with the Cavaliers advancing with a 4-0 victory. Virginia leads the all-time series, 6-3.

During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches.


 

 

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