The #1 Virginia men's tennis team lost to an ACC opponent for the first time in almost a decade, dropping a 4-2 decision to 3-seed North Carolina in the final the National Team Indoor Tournament in Charlottesville. The loss brought top-seeded Virginia's 140 match win streak in the ACC to an end. The Cavaliers fell to 8-1 on the season, while the Tar Heels improved to 9-0.
The doubles point went smoothly for the Hoos, as the pair of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli defeated Brett Clark and Robert Kelly, 6-3 at #1 doubles. The Cavaliers locked up the point moments later when the duo of J.C. Aragone and Colin Altamirano won by an identical 6-3 score over Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider. The Hoos continued the strong play early in singles, winning 4 first sets, and pushing their lead to 2-0 with Aragone's 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kelly at #5 singles.
North Carolina would spend the rest of the match gaining momentum on Virginia. First, Anu Kodali would knock off Henrik Weirsholm at #6 singles, 6-2, 6-2 to make the score 2-1. The loss was Weirsholm's first loss of the tournament, having won his previous three matches.
The remaining four matches all went to three sets as the Tar Heels scored second set victories on the top three lines, while Virginia's Mac Styslinger won the second set at #4 singles after dropping the first set.
Two-and-a-half hours into the match, it appeared Virginia would pull off the victory with Thai-Son Kwiatkowski holding on to a break over Schneider, and Altamirano leading Clark comfortably. Kwiatkowski, however, was broken serving for the match at 5-4, and again at 6-5. As the tiebreaker started, Ryan Shane also started a tiebreaker at #1 singles against Brayden Schnur. The Hoos lost both tiebreakers, giving North Carolina a 3-2 lead in the match.
At #4 singles, Styslinger had opened the third set poorly, losing four straight games, but rallied to win five straight to get back on serve. His opponent, Jack Murray would hold serve in the next game, break Styslinger, and then serve it out for the fourth point that clinched the championship for UNC.
The loss is Virginia's second loss in 7 appearances in the Team Indoor final. The Hoos lost in their first finals appearance in 2005 to Baylor.