CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Virginia made sure the packed house at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, site of the 2016 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, went home happy.
With the host institution’s pep band playing before and after doubles, Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, Athletic Director Craig Littlepage, head baseball coach Brian O’Connor, head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and Dave Matthews Band member Boyd Tinsley all in attendance, along with hundreds of other college tennis fans, it was an excellent way to cap off a full day of #ITAIndoors first round play.
Virginia propelled itself into Saturday’s quarterfinal round with convincing 4-0 win over No. 16 San Diego, and will take on Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. ET. Ryan Shane at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-1 over Uros Petronijevic), Collin Altamirano at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2 over Filip Vittek) and Henrik Wiersholm at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-1 over Jaan Kononov) all picked up wins for the Cavaliers.
The Demon Deacons defeated the Sooners for the second time this season, picking up a 4-1 win on Friday. After taking the doubles point, Wake Forest won at No. 6 singles (Christian Seraphim d. Andre Brio 6-1, 6-4), No. 2 singles (Petros Chrysochos d. Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-3) and No. 4 singles (Romain Bogaerts d. Florin Bragusi 6-1, 3-6, 6-3) to secure its victory.
Before the home team whipped the crowd into a frenzy, fans that arrived earlier in the day were certainly treated to some quality tennis.
Friday’s first round began with No. 3 North Carolina and No. 6 Ohio State cruising to wins over No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 11 Baylor, respectively. The Tar Heels dropped the doubles point to the Red Raiders, but snapped off four straight wins in singles to clinch the match 4-1. Robert Kelly secured the winning point for North Carolina at No. 5 singles with a straight set win over Connor Curry. The Buckeyes were firing on all cylinders from the jump, earning the doubles point and then picking up wins at No. 3 (Hugo Di Feo d. Felipe Rios 6-2, 6-2), 4 (Herkko Pollanen d. Will Little 6-3, 6-2) and 6 (Martin Joyce d. Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 6-2) singles to move on to quarterfinals with the 4-0 win. North Carolina and Ohio State will meet at 9 a.m. ET in the quarterfinals.
Texas A&M, the No. 2 seed, and No. 7 UCLA, will meet in a 12 p.m. ET quarterfinal. The Aggies overcame a stiff test from No. 15 Columbia to eke out a 4-2 victory (Jordi Arconada earned the decisive point with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 over Eric Rubin at No. 3 singles), while the Bruins battled back from a 3-1 deficit against No. 10 Georgia to claim a 4-3 win. Mackenzie McDonald (No. 34 in the Oracle/ITA national singles rankings) topped Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery (No. 22) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the deciding singles match.
TCU had perhaps the most impressive showing of the first round, as the No. 5-seeded Horned Frogs blanked No. 12 Illinois 4-0. TCU didn’t drop a set in any of the four completed matches, and team newcomer Alex Rybakov (No. 122) garnered a 6-4, 6-2 win against Jared Hiltzik (No. 10) to close out the match. Meeting up with TCU in the quarterfinals is No. 4 USC, who had to rally back from a 3-2 deficit against a game No. 13 South Florida team to earn a 4-3 decision. The clincher for the Trojans came from the No. 6 singles position, as Thibault Forget outlasted Vadym Kalyuzhnyy in three sets 7-6, 1-6, 6-2. TCU and USC will play at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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