Div I / M: Virginia tops Illinois 6-1 for their 5th win of the season
Tennis - Aleks Vukic defeated Collin Altamirano on the main singles court, but the Cavaliers were too good in the remaining matches
After having some troubles in their opening two matches of the new season, defending NCAA champions Virginia Cavaliers found a good rhythm and notched their 5th win of the season, defeating Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2) 6-1 at their Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers seized the doubles point just before the deciding tie break of the third match to push themselves into the lead, and they never looked back after that. Luca Corinteli/Carl Soderlund were too good on the main court, toppling Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic 6-2, and it was up to Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone to bring the doubles point, edging Zeke Clark/Gui Gomes 7-4 in the tie break to send Virginia in front. This came just in time, as the match on court 2 between Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard and Alex Jesse/Aleks Kovacevic was entering the tie break, and who knows what might have happened there.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski made sure to finish his singles match in time, beating Aron Hiltzik 6-3 6-0 with a rock solid run in set number 2, moving Virginia 2-0 up. J.C. Aragone increase the advantage to 3-0 with a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Julian Childers, and it was junior Henrik Wiersholm who closed the tie when he bested Zeke Clark 6-4 6-0 on court 6. Alexander Ritschard added the 5th point for the Cavaliers, prevailing in the first set to score a 7-6 6-3 win against Aleks Kovacevic on court 5, but after that, it was time for the first win of Fighting Illini squad, as Aleks Vukic ousted Collin Altamirano 7-6 6-3 on the main court. The match between Carl Soderlund and Gui Gomes went to the distance, and the Swede won it 7-6 5-7 11-9 for Virginia's 6th point, in what has been by far the best match of the day. This tie was the last preparation for Virginia before the ITA National Team Indoor championship, which they will host from Friday.
Virginia Cavaliers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 6-1
Doubles (Order of match finish - 1, 3)
1. Luca Corinteli/Carl Soderlund (VA) vs Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-2
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VA) vs Alex Jesse/Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 6-6 Unfinished
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs Zeke Clark/Gui Gomes (ILL) 7-6(4)
Singles (Order of match finish - 2, 4, 6, 5, 1, 3)
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(1) 6-3
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3 6-0
3. Carl Soderlund (VA) vs Gui Gomes (ILL) 7-6(5) 5-7 11-9
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) vs Julian Childers (ILL) 6-1 6-4
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA) vs Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 7-6(1) 6-3
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs Zeke Clark (ILL) 6-4 6-0