CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia hadn’t lost a point in its first three matches at the 2017 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship.
In Monday’s final against No. 3 Ohio State, the top-seeded Cavaliers conceded a point, and while on paper their 4-1 victory looked routine, it was anything but.
With the Buckeyes on the verge of closing out matches at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, Virginia’s J.C. Aragone outlasted Herkko Pollanen 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at No. 4 singles to clinch the match and send the boisterous crowd at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, home happy.
The two-time defending NCAA champions, Virginia earned its sixth #ITAIndoors title with the win, third-most in the history of the event.
The Cavaliers claimed the doubles point and early 1-0 lead, thanks to victories by No. 55-ranked Luca Corinteli and Carl Soderlund at No. 1 doubles (defeated No. 38 Mikael Torpegaard and Pollanen 6-0) and Aragone and Collin Altamirano at No. 3 doubles (topped Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert 7-5).
Henrik Wiersholm increased the UVa margin to 2-0 with a 7-6, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles over Kyle Seelig. The Buckeyes earned their first point of the contest when No. 2-ranked Torpegaard took down Altamirano at No. 1 singles 6-3, 7-6.
Things began to get interesting after that, as the remaining four singles matches ventured into deciding third sets.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, ranked No. 28, bounced back from dropping the opening set to take down No. 8 Hugo Di Feo 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, moving Virginia a point away from the title. As Aragone and Pollanen were battling at No. 4 singles, Ohio State’s JJ Wolf was one game from closing out Soderlund at No. 3 singles. After dropping the first set 3-6, Wolf won the second 7-6 and was up 5-3 in the third. At No. 5 singles, Martin Joyce was up 6-5 and 30-15 in the third set against Alexander Ritschard before their match was halted due to Aragone’s clinching victory.
The ITA would like to thank the staffs at Boar’s Head Sports Club and the University of Virginia for their hard work and assistance in running the tournament, as well as FloTennis for its live streaming coverage of the event.
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