For the third straight year (and the fourth time in five years), your Virginia Cavaliers are the NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! The Hoos sent head coach Brian Boland out on a high note as Virginia downed ACC-foe North Carolina, 4-2.
THREE IN A ROW!!!! WAHOOWA!!!! pic.twitter.com/a4E62zLPWd— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) May 23, 2017
Due to weather, the tournament was moved indoors, meaning only four courts were available. This didn’t affect the doubles, but made the singles more dramatic as the last two courts knew exactly what needed to be done when they started.
The Hoos picked up the crucial doubles point, but not with out some added drama. JC Aragone and Collin Altamirano won easily, 6-1, but the duo of Luca Corinteli and Carl Soderlund dropped their matchup 6-2, putting pressure on court two. Alexander Ritschard and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski battled to a 6-6 score, forced into a tiebreaker, which they won 7-5.
Virginia headed into singles matchups with a 1-0 lead over the Tar Heels, needing just three singles victories to claim the natty. Ritschard and Altamirano won in straight sets to give Virginia a 3-2 lead (the Tar Heels won on courts two and three) as Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm took the court to try and finish out the victory. Both Cavaliers won their first set, and Aragone went up two breaks in the second set before finishing off UNC’s Murray 6-2.
“I couldn’t be more happy with these guys,” Boland told ESPNU post-match, continuing, “...definitely feels good to have this be the last collegiate tennis match.”
With the win, Virginia Tennis capped off the triple crown this season: ITA Indoor National Champions, ACC Champions, and NCAA Champions. Not too shabby.
Shortly after the win, the congratulations started pouring in.
Boland is the— Brad Franklin (@Cavs_Corner) May 23, 2017
THREEPEAT! Congrats @UVAMensTennis on the National Championship!— Hoo Crew (@Hoo_Crew) May 23, 2017
Congratulations to the Virginia Men’s Tennis team on their continued dominance, and a heartfelt thank you to Brian Boland. Wahoowa.