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Cavalier trio advances in NCAA Tennis tournament

Danielle Collins continues her quest for back-to-back NCAA Singles crowns.

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Three Cavalier tennis players entered Friday action in their respective NCAA Singles tournaments. All three advanced in straight sets to set up quarterfinal matches today.

Danielle Collins

Collins cruised in her first set against Jennifer Brady of UCLA, winning 6-1. The second set was much closer, and was also interrupted twice by rainfall. Collins eventually won the second set 7-5. She has won 16 straight matches.

Collins' quarterfinal opponent will be #7 seed Jamie Loeb of North Carolina, who will be a big step up from her prior opponents. Loeb, like Collins, is one of the top women's collegiate players in the country. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm EDT.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski

The sophomore avenged an earlier loss to Baylor's Tony Lupieri back in February with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win to advance to the quarterfinals. Kwiatkowski will play Winston Lin of Columbia. Lin defeated the top remaining seed in the round of 16, Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, to move on.

Kwiatkowski and Lin played each other in the All-American tournament in October, with Kwiatkowski winning a three set contest. Lin also lost in straight sets to Ryan Shane in the third round of the team tournament. The quarterfinal match is scheduled to start at 2pm EDT.

Ryan Shane

The Cavalier junior knocked out Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M, 4 & 4. He advances to play Felipe Soares of Texas Tech in the quarterfinals at 1pm EDT today. Shane is one of two players in the tournament yet to lose a set. The other is the highest remaining seed, #7 seed Noah Rubin of Wake Forest who plays Jared Hiltzik of Illinois today.

Rubin, Shane and Kwiatkowski are part of a four man crew of ACC players that could potentially guarantee an ACC singles champion if they all win today. Joining them is Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame, who faces Cameron Norrie of TCU in his quarterfinal match.